Victorian Abalone Fishery stock assessments

Client: Victorian Fisheries Authority
Duration: 2019 – present

MRAG Asia Pacific is contracted by the Victorian Fisheries Authority to undertake stock assessments of abalone populations in the Central and Eastern Zones of the Victorian Abalone Fishery. Stock Assessments use a weight of evidence approach, examining catch, effort and CPUE data, fishery independent abundance and size structure, and commercial length frequency data. The fishery is also assessed against a formal harvest strategy and this consolidated advice is presented to industry to inform TACC decision making. In addition, ad-hoc scientific advice is provided where required to inform adaptive management of the fishery.