Bastard Trumpeter (2020)

Latridopsis forsteri

  • Nils Krueck (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania)
  • Amy Smoothey (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Timothy Emery (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES))
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority (Victorian Fisheries Authority)
  • Michael Drew (SARDI Aquatic Sciences, South Australia)

Date Published: June 2021

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Bastard Trumpeter is considered to be depleted in Tasmanian waters. Stocks of Bastard Trumpeter in all other four jurisdictions from the central coast of NSW to VIC and SA are considered to be negligible, with fishing levels assumed to be unlikely to have a negative impact on stocks.

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Stock Status Overview

Stock status determination
Jurisdiction Stock Stock status Indicators
New South Wales New South Wales 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 [Kuiter 1993, Edgar 1997]. 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].

Bastard Trumpeter  is considered to be depleted in Tasmania while other jursidictions report that historic and current catches are negligible. Based on 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 variable patterns of exploitation. Thus, 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

New South Wales

Stock status for the New South Wales stock is reported as Negligible due to historically low catches in this jurisdiction and the stock has generally not been subject to targeted fishing. The New South Wales commercial catch during 2014–15 to 2018–19 averaged less than 3 t per annum, and Bastard Trumpeter is not a major component of recreational landings. Fishing is 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

Matures at > 450 mm TL and > 4 years

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Distribution of reported commercial catch of Bastard Trumpeter

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Fishing methods
New South Wales
Otter Trawl
New South Wales
Commercial 907.30kg

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 2018/19; (b) A trip limit of 200 kg is in place for commercial scalefish licence holders; 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 traditional 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. For details, see the policy document "Recognition of Aboriginal Fishing Activities” (https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/Policy%20for%20Aboriginal%20tags%20and%20alloting%20an%20UIC.pdf).

New South Wales – Indigenous (Management Methods) https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/aboriginal-fishing

New South Wales – Recreational (Catch) Murphy et al. [2020].

Commonwealth – Commercial (Management Methods/Catch) Data provided for the Commonwealth align with the 2018-19 financial year.

Commonwealth – Recreational The Commonwealth does not manage recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters. Recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters is managed by the state or territory immediately adjacent to those waters, under its management regulations.  

Commonwealth – Indigenous The Australian government does not manage non-commercial Indigenous fishing in Commonwealth waters, with the exception of Torres Strait. In general, non-commercial Indigenous fishing in Commonwealth waters is managed by the state or territory immediately adjacent to those waters.

Victoria – Indigenous (Management Methods) A person who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is exempt from the need to obtain a Victorian recreational fishing licence, provided they comply with all other rules that apply to recreational fishers, including rules on equipment, catch limits, size limits and restricted areas. Traditional (non-commercial) fishing activities that are carried out by members of a traditional owner group entity under an agreement pursuant to Victoria’s Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 are also exempt from the need to hold a recreational fishing licence, subject to any conditions outlined in the agreement. Native title holders are also exempt from the need to obtain a recreational fishing licence under the provisions of the Commonwealth’s Native Title Act 1993.

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Catch Chart

Commercial catch of Bastard Trumpeter - note confidential catch not shown

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