In palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, with thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.
Monacanthidae family (Leatherjacket)
2020/21 Leatherjacket Status (Released Dec 22)
|Summary||Several species of Leatherjacket are found in coastal waters around Tasmania. Most likely to be captured by coastal fisheries are the Brown-striped (Meuschenia australis), Toothbrush (Acanthaluteres vittiger), and Six-spine (Meuschenia freycineti) Leatherjacket. Leatherjackets are largely a by-product and not actively targeted due likely to a lack of market demand. However, impacts of historic catches (estimated at around 40 tonnes in 1995/96) on the biomass depletion of individual species are uncertain. Thus, there is overall insufficient information to confidently classify the status of Leatherjacket stocks, especially as multiple species are involved.|
|Stock||Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery|
|Indicator(s)||Catch, effort and CPUE trends|
Leatherjackets are reef-associated species of the Monacanthidae family (Edgar 2008). There is no substantial commercial fishery for Leatherjackets in Tasmania and a small recreational fishery for this family. In the commercial fishery, Leatherjackets are a generally discarded by-product of fish traps and netting operations.
The full 2020/21 Scalefish Assessment, released Dec 2022, can be found at the link:
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