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Monacanthidae family (Leatherjacket)


2021/22 Leatherjacket Status (Released March 24)

Stock Status UNDEFINED
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.
Importance Minor
Stock Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery
Indicator(s) Catch, effort and CPUE trends
Managing Jurisdiction Commonwealth


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 2021/22 Scalefish Assessment, released March 2024, can be found at the link:

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