Abalone export approval

South Australia’s abalone industry is set to benefit from a five-year extension to the fishery’s export approval.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Gail Gago said the abalone fishery had received renewed approval from the Australian Government to export from the three management zones of the South Australian Abalone Fishery – Western Zone, Central Zone and Southern Zone – until August 2018. After that date the approval will again be reviewed.

Ms Gago said to further improve the management of the fishery, changes to the Southern Zone Abalone Fishery have been put in place by the State Government this season to manage the resource at a more localised level.

The new fishing arrangements have been developed in partnership with the licence holders in the Southern Zone fishery following research conducted by SARDI Aquatic Sciences under a project funded by the Federal Government Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

This research project developed a method to rapidly and cost-effectively identify the biological characteristics of individual stocks.

Using this method, 13 areas were identified where the biological characteristics of abalone stocks are similar.

“Managing abalone stocks over 13 areas instead of two will provide enormous benefits to the Southern Zone Abalone Fishery,” Ms Gago said.

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