Ocean Hauling Fishery

The Ocean Hauling Fishery is broken up into 7 regions along the NSW coast and targets approximately 20 finfish species using commercial hauling and purse seine nets from sea beaches and in ocean waters within 3 nautical miles of the NSW coast. The catch is mainly made up of Pilchards (Sardinops sagax) 34%, sea mullet (Mugil cephalus) 30%, Australian Salmon (Arripis trutta) 17%, blue mackerel (Scomber australasicus) 8%, Yellowtail Scad (Trachurus novaezelandiae) 5% and Yellowfin Bream (Acanthopagrus australis) 2% of the total catch. How these fish are sold depends on the species, some are sold on the domestic market as fresh or frozen fillets, portions or whole fish, some are marketed for export. For example sea mullet roe (fish eggs) is exported to the Asian market. A comprehensive Fishery Management Strategy is in place for this fishery. .



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