Scalefish Yelloweye Mullet

Yelloweye Mullet
Aldrichetta forsteri

Illustration©R.Swainston/anima.fish

2019/20 Assessment Summary

STOCK STATUS
SUSTAINABLE


Summary
Yelloweye Mullet are most abundant in estuarine habitats, where netting is prohibited or restricted, thereby providing a high degree of protection throughout most of their range. Catches are at low levels, but unlikely to reflect abundance. It is overall unlikely that the stock is recruitment impaired or that the current fishing pressure is high enough for the stock to become recruitment impaired in the future.


Importance
Minor


Stock
Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery


Indicators
Catch, effort and CPUE trends


Managing Jurisdiction
State (Tasmania)


Background

Yelloweye Mullet is a schooling species that inhabits shallow (≤20 m), sheltered waters over sand and seagrass, with highest abundances recorded in estuaries (Edgar 2008). Mullet are occasionally targeted using beach and purse seines as well as small mesh nets. The vast majority of the catch is considered to be Yelloweye Mullet, but it is possible that some of the catch includes Sea Mullet (Mugil cephalus). Mullet are also targeted by recreational fishers using rod and line or small mesh gillnets referred to as ‘mullet nets’.

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