Scalefish Southern Garfish MSC RBF

MSC-RBF Status

<60: Fail – High Risk

The southern garfish fishery scored < 60 in the MSC-RBF analysis, failing assessment with high risk of stock damage. The Productivity Susceptibility Analysis indicated this species is moderately productive with a short generation time, moderate fecundity, and broadcast spawning reproductive strategy. Southern garfish are highly susceptible to capture and damage by the fishery. As a schooling species that inhabits the surface of the water column, the risk of encountering dip net and beach seine gear is high, and there is a high risk of immature fish being captured with the school. The Consequence Analysis showed a high risk of damage across all subcomponents of assessment. A clear trend in declining CPUE is evident since a peak in 2012-13 and catch data show a reduction in average size of landed garfish, as well as a truncation of the age structure. This suggests the fishery poses a high risk of damage to stock structure and recruitment dynamics.

Productivity Attributes

Average age at maturity1
Average maximum age2
Average maximum size1
Average size at maturity1
Reproductive strategy1
Trophic level2

Susceptibility Attributes

Post-capture mortality3

Consequence Analysis

Vulnerable Subcomponent(s)Score
All<60 – Fail

More information on the Marine Stewardship Council Risk-Based Framework (MSC-RBF) Methodology is available on our MSC-RBF Assessment page.