Redthroat Emperor (2020)
Date Published: June 2021
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Redthroat Emperor is fished in WA and the east coast of QLD. The stock in QLD is sustainable while the WA stock is classified as recovering.
Stock Status Overview
|Queensland||East Coast Queensland||Sustainable||
Catch, standardised catch rate, stock assessment
Genetic analysis indicates that there are two separate biological stocks of Redthroat Emperor in western and eastern Australian waters [Van Herwerden et al. 2009].
Here, assessment of stock status is presented at the biological stock level—Western Australia and East Coast Queensland.
East Coast Queensland
The stock assessment of East Coast Queensland Redthroat Emperor was updated in 2020. This assessment (based on 2019 data) estimated the spawning biomass to be 72 per cent of unfished levels of 1946 [Northrop and Campbell 2020]. The maximum sustainable yield (MSY) was estimated to be 897 t per year. After significant management changes in 2004 including increased minimum landing size, revised marine park zoning, introduction of a commercial catch quota and reduced recreational in-possession limits, the annual commercial catch has seen a stable reduction. From 2015 to 2019, the Queensland total harvest averaged 281 t per year, including 142 t by the commercial sector, 76 t by the charter sector and 80 t by the recreational sector in recent year [QFISH 2020, Teixeira et al. 2021]. The combined harvest is well below the estimated MSY. The above evidence indicates that the biomass of the stock is unlikely to be depleted and that recruitment is unlikely to be impaired.
Management reforms from 2004 appear to have reduced ﬁshing mortality to above target levels [Northrop and Campbell 2020]. Given the Queensland long term target of 60 per cent unﬁshed biomass is lower than the current estimated spawning biomass, the stock should be able to sustain higher fishing mortality than presently occurs and remain above the long term target biomass. The evidence indicates that the current level of fishing mortality is unlikely to cause the stock to become recruitment impaired.
On the basis of the evidence provided above, the East Coast Queensland biological stock is classified as a sustainable stock.
Redthroat Emperor biology [Williams 2003, Williams et al. 2003, Van Herwerden et al. 2009]
|Species||Longevity / Maximum Size||Maturity (50 per cent)|
|Redthroat Emperor||20 years, 650 mm TL||Females: 1.2 years, 280 mm FL, 310 mm TL|
Distribution of reported commercial catch of Redthroat Emperor
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|Total allowable catch|
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|Recreational||119 t (2019-20)|
Western Australia Data for Western Australia align with the 2019 calendar year.
Western Australia – Recreational (Catch) Boat-based recreational catch is from 1 September 2017–31 August 2018. These data are derived from those reported in Ryan et al. .
Western Australia – Recreational (management methods) A Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence is required for the use of a powered boat to fish or to transport catch or fishing gear to or from a land-based fishing location.
Western Australia – Indigenous (management methods) Subject to application of Section 211 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), and the exemption from a requirement to hold a recreational fishing licence, the non-commercial take by Indigenous fishers is covered by the same arrangements as that for recreational fishing.
Queensland – Indigenous (management methods) for more information see https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/traditional-fishing
Commercial catch of Redthroat Emperor - note confidential catch not shown
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