COMMERCIAL FISHING WITH UP DATES TO THE LOCAL BLUE FIN AND ROCKLOBSTER FISHING INDUSTRY.
The first tuna company to send their fishing fleet out to catch their first tuna has had its best start to the season ever. Catching two thirds of its quota ( 200 tons) out on the continental shelf in the first two days of the southern Bluefin tuna season. Weather was good and schools of fish in abundance, making for early catches and good average sizes around 19kgs. All went well and tow boats came in and transfered the fish into their cages finishing the day before Christmas.
The remaining fleet are leaving mid January.
Australia’s wild caught tuna quota stands at 5,265 tonnes a year with fish caught under the quota grown out cold water in cages off Port Lincoln.
Rocklobster fishermen have seen the worst start to the season in history, with catches way below average ,high prices and lower fuel prices have been their saviour. Season started 1st november 2008 and finishes May 31st. Prices started around $80 a kilogram currently they are around $50.00, which is a very good price considering the economic situation globally. Mid January has seen catches of lobster increase slightly with the onset of warmer days and swells.
Fishermen are catching high numbers of small fish which is a good sign for the next couple of seasons.