Bastard Trumpeter (2018)

Latridopsis forsteri

  • Bradley Moore (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania)
  • Corey Green (Victorian Fisheries Authority)
  • Amy Smoothey (Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales)
  • Klaas Hartmann (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania)
  • Mike Steer (South Australian Research and Development Institute)
  • Tim Emery (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences)

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Stocks of Bastard Trumpeter in four jurisdictions from the central coast of NSW to VIC and SA are negligible, with fishing levels unlikely to have a negative impact on stock. In TAS waters it is classified as depleted.

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Stock Status Overview

Stock status determination
Jurisdiction Stock Fisheries Stock status Indicators
South Australia South Australia Negligible
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Stock Structure

The stock structure of Bastard Trumpeter is presently undefined. Bastard Trumpeter are found on exposed reefs and sandy habitats from the central coast of New South Wales, through Victorian and Tasmanian waters, to eastern South Australia [Edgar 1997, Kuiter 1993]. Larval duration is unknown, although other Trumpeter species have larval durations of up to 60 days, suggesting the potential for some connectivity between jurisdictions. Juveniles tend to inhabit shallow coastal reefs until about 4–5 years of age (and approximately 500 mm long) before moving offshore into deeper water as they approach maturity, apparently remaining in that habitat for the remainder of their lives [Harries and Lake 1985, Murphy and Lyle 1999].

Recent information indicates that the stock is considered depleted in Tasmania with negligible catches in other Australian jurisdictions. With current understanding of Bastard Trumpeter population dynamics, it was not possible to reconcile these differences and determine a single stock status for the entire south eastern Australian stock. Management arrangements vary across jurisdictions (for example, size limits) and the fishing fleets in each jurisdiction consist of a small number of vessels with different characteristics, resulting in different patterns of exploitation.

Here, assessment of stock status is presented at the jurisdictional level—Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia

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Stock Status

South Australia

Stock status for Bastard Trumpeter in South Australia is reported as Negligible due to historically low catches in this jurisdiction and the stock has generally not been subject to targeted fishing. From 1997–98 to 2016–17, the total reported catch of Bastard Trumpeter in South Australia ranged from 0 to < 50 kg, with average annual catches of less than 20 kg per year. South Australia’s recreational catch of Bastard Trumpeter is not known but considered low as the species is not a major component of recreational landings. Fishing is therefore unlikely to be having a negative impact on the stock.

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Bastard Trumpeter biology [Murphy and Lyle 1999]

Species Longevity / Maximum Size Maturity (50 per cent)
Bastard Trumpeter 20 years, 650 mm TL Unknown (matures at > 450 mm TL and > 4 years)
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Distribution of reported commercial catch of Bastard Trumpeter

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Tasmania – Commercial (catch) (a) Catches reported for the Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery are for the period 1 July to 30 June the following year. The most recent assessment available is for 2016–17; (b) A trip limit of 200 kg is in place for commercial scalefish licence holder; and (c) A trip limit of 30 fish is in place for commercial rock lobster licence holders.

Tasmania – Recreational (management methods) In Tasmania, a recreational licence is required for fishers using dropline or longline gear, along with nets, such as gillnet or beach seine. The species is subject to a minimum size limit of 380 mm total length. A bag limit of five fish and a possession limit of ten fish is in place for recreational fishers.

Tasmania – Indigenous (management methods) In Tasmania, Indigenous persons engaged in aboriginal fishing activities in marine waters are exempt from holding recreational fishing licences, but must comply with all other fisheries rules as if they were licensed. Additionally, recreational bag and possession limits also apply. If using pots, rings, set lines or gillnets, Indigenous persons must obtain a unique identifying code (UIC). The policy document Recognition of Aboriginal Fishing Activities for issuing a UIC to a person for Aboriginal Fishing activity explains the steps to take in making an application for a UIC.

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  1. Edgar, G 1997, Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books, Melbourne.
  2. Harries, DN and Lake, PS 1985, Aspects of the biology of inshore populations of Bastard Trumpeter, Latridopsis forsteri (Castleneau, 1872) in Tasmanian waters. Tasmanian Fisheries Research, 27: 19–43.
  3. Kuiter, RH 1993, Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press,
  4. Lyle, JM, Stark, KE and Tracey SM 2014, 2012–13 survey of recreational fishing in Tasmania. Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart.
  5. Moore, B, Lyle J and Hartmann K 2018, Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery Assessment 2016/17. Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.
  6. Murphy, RJ and Lyle, JM 1999. Impact of gillnet fishing on inshore temperate reef fishes, with particular reference to Banded Morwong, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, Hobart.

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