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How sustainable are your local fish stocks?

Across Australia, 90 per cent of the 294 fish stocks classified in the 2016 Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports were found to not be overfished (sustainable, transitional or environmentally limited). Sixty per cent of stocks classified were found to be sustainable.

But how sustainable are the fish stocks in your state or territory?

1. Western Australia

In Western Australia, 72% of the 79 stocks are sustainable. For example, Western Rock Lobster, Blue Swimmer Crab and Blacktip Sharks.

2. Commonwealth

In Commonwealth waters (to 200 nautical miles), 70% of the 54 stocks are sustainable. For example, Australian Sardine, Blue Grenadier and Gummy Shark.

3. Queensland

In Queensland, 68% of the 62 stocks are sustainable. For example, Banana Prawn, Spanish Mackerel and Tailor.

4. Northern Territory

In the Northern territory, 65% of the 20 stocks are sustainable. For example, Barramundi, Coral Trout and Goldband Snapper.

5. New South Wales

In New South Wales, 64% of the 42 stocks are sustainable. For example, Balmain Bugs, Blacklip Abalone and Southern Calamari.

6. Victoria

In Victoria, 50% of the 36 stocks are sustainable. For example, Eastern School Whiting, Commercial Scallop and Southern Garfish.

7. Tasmania

In Tasmania, 54% of the 31 stocks are sustainable. For example, Pale Octopus, Southern Rock Lobster and Tiger Flathead.

8. South Australia

In South Australia, 51% of the 43 stocks are sustainable. For example, Mulloway, Pipi and Yelloweye Mullet.

9. Australian Capital Territory

In the Australian Capital Territory there is only one stock, Murray Cod. Because there is so much uncertainty around recreational harvests and abundances of Murray Cod in the ACT, this stock is undefined.