Scalefish Barracouta

Barracouta
Thyrsites atun

Illustration©R.Swainston/anima.fish

2019/20 Assessment Summary

STOCK STATUS
UNDEFINED


Summary
Catches of Barracouta have declined steadily since the mid-2000s, presumably due to a decrease in targeted effort resulting from a lack of market demand. Low levels of fishing effort mean that catch and catch rate data are unreliable indicators of abundance and stock status. Therefore, there is insufficient information to confidently classify the stock.


Importance
Minor


Stock
Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery


Indicators
Catch, effort and CPUE trends


Managing Jurisdiction
State (Tasmania)


Background

Barracouta were the subject of a large commercial trolling fishery in Tasmania in the 1960s and 1970s when catches ranged from 600–1,600 t (Kailola et al. 1993). Demand for Barracouta, however, declined in the mid-1970s and there is now little commercial fishing for the species. Barracouta abundance also fluctuates greatly in State waters annually.

The full 2019/20 Scalefish Assessment can be found at the link: