The Australian sardine fishery scored > 80 in the MSC-RBF analysis, passing assessment with low risk of stock damage. The Productivity Susceptibility Analysis showed this species to be highly productive, as a broadcast spawner with short generation time and high fecundity. Australian sardine is moderately susceptible to capture and damage by the fishery. Although fishing effort overlaps with < 10% of the stock distribution, there is a moderately high risk of fish encountering purse seine gear in the water column and the age-range of fishery independent samples indicate some immature fish are regularly caught. The fishery, however, is still under development. Therefore, time-series data assessed in the Consequence Analysis showed minimal impact on long-term recruitment capacity. This outcome is likely to change as the fishery is developed.
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Average size at maturity
More information on the Marine Stewardship Council Risk-Based Framework (MSC-RBF) Methodology is available on our MSC-RBF Assessment page:
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