Yelloweye mullet

Yelloweye mulletDistribution

Yelloweye mullet inhabit bays, estuaries and inshore waters along the southern coast of Australia, from Kalbarri in Western Australia to Newcastle in New South Wales and around Tasmania.

Stock structure

The biological stock structure of yelloweye mullet is not well understood. Research suggests two discrete biological stocks across Australia - western and eastern- based on morphological differences. However, further studies are required to confidently delineate stock for this species.

In the absence of definitive information on biological stock structure, the national Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks report 2014 assessed the status of yelloweye mullet  at the Victorian state scale.  

Annual catch

Sector

Estimated Victorian catch

Commercial (2015/16 fishing year)

35 tonnes

Recreational (statewide estimate from 2000/01 national survey)

 unknown 

Indigenous (i.e. 2015/16 customary fishing permits

0 tonnes

Estimated total

> 35 tonnes

Stock status

The table below summarises and explains the status and management of yelloweye mullet based on: 

  1. Stock status: classification of the biological status of yelloweye mullet in Victoria as at 2013, taken from the national Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks (SAFS) report 2014
    Read more about the SAFS assessment approach and classification system.
  2. Management settings: overview of current management arrangements in Victorian waters, including any recent changes that may affect stock status.
  3. Risk management category: The Victorian Fisheries Authority's overall, qualitative assessment of current risk to stock status in Victorian waters taking into account management arrangements, based on the best information currently available:

    Red Red - current management measures may not be sufficient to prevent stock depletion
    Amber Amber - current management measures expected to mitigate risk of stock depletion
    Green Green - stock status not of concern under current management

The stock status classification, management settings and risk management category for yelloweye mullet are all at the scale of Victorian waters. Stock status is based only on sustainability. Management settings and risk management category also consider the steps taken to address stock status. 

Management settings are also influenced by social and economic factors, and can take some time to affect a stock's status. This can depend on biological and environmental factors as well as the type and level of management changes implemented.

Stock status (2013 data)

Key management settings

Risk management category

Classification:

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Commercial harvest is predominantly managed by limited entry licensing; restrictions on size and gear and by limited restrictions on fishing times and locations. Recreational fishers are subject to gear and bag limits

The recent stock assessments for Corner Inlet-Nooramunga, Gippsland Lakes and Port Phillip Bay identified a decrease in yelloweye mullet commercial catch rate.

Read more about the fishing methods and rules for yelloweye mullet in Victoria.

Contact The Victorian Fisheries Authority for a copy of the recent assessment reports for Corner Inlet - Nooramunga, Gippsland Lakes and Port Phillip Bay.

Amber

Evidence:

Collectively, the following data provide evidence that this stock is undefined:

Recent decrease in commercial catch rates in Corner Inlet-Nooramunga, Gippsland Lakes and Port Phillip Bay indicates that ongoing monitoring is required.

Basis for stock status classification (from SAFS 2014)

Biomass assessment

Based on this evidence, SAFS 2014 concluded that there was insufficient information available to confidently classify the status of this stock.

Fishing pressure assessment

Based on this evidence, SAFS 2014 concluded that there was insufficient information available to confidently classify the status of this stock.

Read more here about the assessment of yelloweye mullet stock status as at 2013 in the national Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks (SAFS) report 2014.