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NSW, WA, SA
- Australian salmon is caught around southern and eastern Australia.
- There is limited information on the stock status of the species around the country, although there are no immediate concerns and stocks appear healthy.
- Increasing catches point to a need for better stock status information.
- Different net methods used to catch Australian salmon have minimal impact on threatened species, although there is some concern over the adequacy of reporting and minimal independent observer coverage.
Aussie salmon is an often unfairly criticised fish that is affordable and delicious. Ensure the fish has bright eyes, a nice sheen and bright-red gills (this indicates freshness and good handling). Very fresh fish that have been iced and treated with care can be served raw or cured. Just thinly slice and serve as sashimi! This fish is also excellent barbecued or smoked, just crisp the skin and serve the moist, oily and full-flavoured flesh. Suits bold Mediterranean flavours such as tomato, roast peppers, olives and fresh herbs. Whole fish or fillets can also be lightly oiled and baked in a hot oven for juicy, pull-apart results.
- NSW Ocean Hauling Fishery (1,000t in 2015)
- SA Marine Scalefish Fishery (430t in 2015)
- WA South Coast Salmon Managed Fishery, South West Coast Salmon Managed Fishery (191t in 2015)
Australian salmon is a fast-growing species caught in many commercial and recreational fisheries around Australia, with the highest catches in NSW, SA and WA. There is some uncertainty in the overall stocks of Australian salmon due to lack of robust stock assessments; stock health is assessed using different methods in different states, and indicators of fish stock health in all fisheries are positive. Increasing catches of this species around the country, particularly in NSW where catches are currently at an all time high, should be supported by more information on stock status.
Australian salmon is caught using a variety of nets fishing in near-shore waters. While these fishing methods generally have a low rate of threatened species catch, there is some concern over the adequacy of reporting of interactions with threatened species, with minimal independent observer verification of reports.