Scalefish Tiger Flathead

Tiger Flathead
Platycephalus richardsoni

Illustration©R.Swainston/anima.fish

2019/20 Assessment Summary

STOCK STATUS
SUSTAINABLE


Summary
Tiger Flathead is a predominately Commonwealth-managed species that has been classified as “Not overfished nor subject to overfishing” in the ABARES Fishery Status Reports 2019. It has been classified as Sustainable in the 2020 Status of Australian Fish Stocks Report. In Tasmania, Tiger Flathead are caught predominately by the commercial sector. Catches fluctuate substantially, but they typically represent a small proportion of Commonwealth trawl landings


Importance
Key


Stock
Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery and Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Commonwealth)


Indicators
Catch, effort and CPUE trends


Managing Jurisdiction
Commonwealth


Background

Several flathead species occur in Tasmanian waters with Tiger Flathead being the most dominant in commercial catches taken by Danish seine. Since Sand Flathead and Tiger Flathead were not routinely distinguished in commercial catch returns until 2007; species-specific catches prior to 2007 have been inferred using the species proportions, by method, for catches taken between 2007/08 and 2011/12. Species-specific fishing effort and catch rates are therefore considered reliable only since 2007/08. 

Tiger Flathead constitute a minor component of the recreational harvest of flathead (5 -10%, Lyle et al. 2014, 2019).

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