Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery

Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, September 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4940 0

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About the assessment report

The Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) is one of the major Commonwealth managed fisheries, landing over 35,000 tonnes annually and with a value of around $95 million. The SESSF is a complex multi species fishery that targets scalefish and shark stocks of various size, distribution and composition. Overall the SESSF covers nearly half the waters of the Australian Fishing Zone of mainland Australia and Tasmania, extending from 80 nautical miles off the coast near Fraser Island to Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. The fishery operates in both Commonwealth and State waters under complex jurisdictional arrangements due to different Offshore Constitutional Settlements (OCS) with State Governments.