Prior to the move to a weight based quota management system for the 2016/17 quota year, the Banded Morwong Quota Fishery was different to other quota fisheries in that the quota unit value is set in numbers of fish rather than kilograms. Howeverm with the commencement of the new Scalefish Fishery Management Plan from 1 November 2015 all Total Allowable Catches (TACs) from March 2016 are now set by weight rather than numbers.
Before 2011/12 Quota Year, the data used in the all tables was sourced from the Department's Integrated Catch & Effort (ICE) database. Both catch and effort data and quota landings data are now entered into and stored in the Fisheries Integrated Licensing and Management System (FILMS) database.
In May 2011 the Department introduced the Commercial Banded Morwong Quota docket
for the new quota year. This docket must be completed by ALL
fishers that landed banded morwong commercially, including those that fish outside the TAC area. Instead of converting the numbers of fish using the conversion ratio, the weight reported in the current Quota Year is taken from Part B of the quota docket, as declared by the receiver. From the 2016/17 quota year the TAC was set in kilograms of fish rather than numbers and all fish landed are now weighed to be off at the place of landing.
As the quota fishery did not commence until October 2008, the first TAC amount only applied from October 2008 to February 2009. In each subsequent year the quota period runs from 1 March till the last day of February, noting that an annual seasonal closure applies in March and April.
Quota restrictions only apply to a specific area
and outside of this area is considered undeveloped. Currently, no catch limits apply to the undeveloped area.
2019/20 Quota Year - TAC is 30,992 kg (31.0 tonnes)
The unit value is equivalent 26kg/quota unit. The fishery is closed in March and April.
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2018/19 Quota Year - TAC is 30,992 kg (31.0 tonnes)
The unit value was equivalent 26kg/quota unit. The fishery is closed in March and April.
For a printable version of the TAC and Catch information for the 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12, 2010/11, 2009/10 and the partial 2008/09 Quota Years, please access the document below.
Historical Banded Morwong Quota Landings since October 2008 (251Kb)