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Moreton Bay Bug

Moreton Bay Bug

Common Names: Bug

Wild Caught - Australia

Moreton Bay Bug location

Region Caught: QLD

  • The term ‘Moreton Bay bugs’ refers to both the reef and mud bug, which are managed as though they were a single species. Although there is a lack of stock status information, there are no immediate concerns over the stock status of these species.
  • The fishery interacts with threatened species, including critically endangered species of sawfish, sea snakes and pipefish. Although efforts have been made to reduce the impact of fishing on these species, catches remain significant although are not thought to be driving further declines in population numbers.
  • The fishery observer program in QLD was cancelled in 2012, meaning there is no independent record of the impact of the fishery on threatened species. Observation of the fishery is considered essential to the management of a sustainable fishery. It is highly likely the impact of the fishery on endangered wildlife is higher than currently recorded.
  • Moreton Bay bugs are caught using otter trawls that operate over the seafloor. Trawling is conducted over sandy and muddy seafloors in and around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Zoning closes 66% of the marine park to trawl fishing and the impact of trawling over previously trawled habitat is not thought to be of high risk to the marine environment.
  • QLD fisheries are currently undergoing broad reforms that have a strong potential to improve this ranking in the future, provided that the reforms deliver the strong and effective management necessary to support sustainable fisheries.

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Moreton Bay Bug classification
Mud Crab

Mud Crab

Common Names: Crab

Wild Caught - Australia

Mud Crab location
Mulloway

Mulloway

Common Names: Jewfish

Wild Caught - Australia

Mulloway location

Farmed - Australia

Murray Cod location
Nile Perch

Nile Perch

Common Names: Lake Victoria Perch, Victoria Perch

Wild Caught - Imported

Nile Perch location
Ocean Jacket

Ocean Jacket

Common Names: Leatherjacket

Wild Caught - Australia

Ocean Jacket location
Ocean Perch

Ocean Perch

Species considered: Bigeye Ocean Perch, Reef Ocean Perch

Wild Caught - Australia

Ocean Perch location

Wild Caught - Australia

Octopus location

Wild Caught - Imported

Octopus location
Orange Roughy

Orange Roughy

Common Names: Deep Sea Perch

Wild Caught - Australian and Imported

Orange Roughy location Imported location
Oreodory

Oreodory

Species considered: Smooth, Black, Spikey & Warty Oreodory

Wild Caught - Australian and Imported

Oreodory location Imported location
Oysters

Oysters

Species considered: Sydney Rock, Native & Pacific Oyster

Farmed - Australia

Oysters location
Patagonian Toothfish

Patagonian Toothfish

Common Names: Chilean Sea Bass

Wild Caught - Australia

Patagonian Toothfish location

Wild Caught - Australia

Pearl Perch location
Pink Ling

Pink Ling

Common Names: Ling

Wild Caught - Australian and Imported

Pink Ling location Imported location
Prawns

Prawns

Species considered: Black Tiger, Kuruma & Banana Prawns

Farmed - Australia

Prawns location

Farmed - Imported

Prawns location
Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Common Names: Trout, Ocean Trout

Farmed - Australia

Rainbow Trout location
Red Emperor

Red Emperor

Common Names: Emperor

Wild Caught - Australia

Red Emperor location
Redfish

Redfish

Common Names: Nannygai, Red Snapper

Wild Caught - Australia

Redfish location
Redthroat Emperor

Redthroat Emperor

Common Names: Emperor

Wild Caught - Australia

Redthroat Emperor location
Saddletail Snapper

Saddletail Snapper

Common Names: Red Snapper, Tropical Snapper

Wild Caught - Australia

Saddletail Snapper location
Sand Whiting

Sand Whiting

Common Names: Whiting

Wild Caught - Australia

Sand Whiting location
Saucer Scallop

Saucer Scallop

Common Names: Scallop

Wild Caught - Australia

Saucer Scallop location

Region Caught: QLD

  • Saucer scallops are overfished in QLD, with numbers reduced to around 5% of historical levels.
  • Some area closures are in place to protect the stock and support recovery, and scallops that are caught throughout winter months must be returned to the sea. It is unclear whether these measures will be sufficient to support the recovery of an overfished species.
  • The fishery interacts with threatened species, including critically endangered species of sawfish, sea snakes and pipefish. Efforts have been made to reduce the impact of fishing on these species; catches remain significant but are not thought to be driving further declines in population numbers.
  • The fishery observer program in QLD was cancelled in 2012, meaning there is no independent record of the impact of this fishery on threatened species. Observation of the fishery is considered essential to the management of a sustainable fishery. It is highly likely that the impact of this fishery on endangered wildlife is higher than currently recorded.
  • Saucer scallops are caught using otter trawls that operate over the seafloor. Trawling is conducted over sandy and muddy seafloors in and around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Zoning closes 66% of the marine park to fishing and the impact of trawling over previously trawled habitat is not thought to be of high risk to the marine environment.
  • The fact that no issues were picked up with the stock, until they had been reduced to 5% of historical levels, points to issues with the management framework currently in place. The broad reforms currently underway should deliver the effective management needed to identify issues in the fishery prior to reaching a critical point.

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Saucer Scallop classification
Sea Mullet

Sea Mullet

Common Names: Mullet

Wild Caught - Australia

Sea Mullet location
Shark

Shark

Species considered: School shark, rig (spotted dogfish, smooth-hound), elephantfish, ghostshark and dogfish and ‘other’ shark)

Common Names: Flake, Dogfish

Wild Caught - Imported

Shark location

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