High levels of compliance among tuna fishers in south-west Victoria

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High levels of compliance among tuna fishers in south-west Victoria

Postby fishingvic » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:56 pm

Media release
Thursday 27 July, 2017

High levels of compliance among tuna fishers in south-west Victoria

The Victorian Fisheries Authority is delighted a comprehensive compliance operation during
this year’s Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) season revealed a high level of compliance among
recreational fishers.
During the season Operation Endeavour targeted the recreational harvest of SBT along the
western Victorian coast, with the focus on Portland and Port Fairy.
Portland-based Fisheries Officer, Cameron McCallum said the aim of the operation was to
closely monitor compliance of recreational boat based fishers and charter boats involved in
recreational tuna fishing to ensure they were fishing sustainably and responsibly.
“We deployed 16 Fisheries Officers from across the state during the operation, along with
two Fisheries patrol vessels, aerial surveillance and covert monitoring,” Mr McCallum said.
“We conducted inspections at boat ramps and on the high seas with 89 fishers checked on
the water and more than 250 back in port, including 19 inspections of charter vessels.
“Happily, we only detected a small number of offences, with failing to retain SBT in carcass
form and fishing without a recreational licence the main ones found.
“This is very good news because SBT are a priority species in Victoria and afforded extra
levels of protection given their status in the wild. It also demonstrates that tuna fishers are
fishing responsibly.”
Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call the 24 hour reporting line
13 FISH (13 3474).
Media contact: Melanie Curtis (03) 5561 9938



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Re: High levels of compliance among tuna fishers in south-west Victoria

Postby Fish-Hunter » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:11 pm

Good news, thanks for sharing the info.

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Re: High levels of compliance among tuna fishers in south-west Victoria

Postby Lightningx » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:47 pm

Good to hear :thumbsup:


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