Pearl Perch


Latin name: Glaucosoma scapulare


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Wild Caught

Region:
QLD, NSW

Key Facts

  • Pearl perch stock status in QLD and NSW is uncertain; the species is vulnerable to fishing pressure as it is a long-lived species.
  • In QLD, pearl perch is caught in a fishery that predominantly targets overfished snapper.
  • There are significant concerns about threatened and protected species bycatch in the NSW fishery. Critically endangered grey nurse sharks have been caught, as well as endangered great white sharks and green turtles.
  • Sharks caught incidentally can be retained for sale. The limit set by fishery managers on the amount of sharks that can be kept is not based on scientific assessments of the stock status of affected shark species, as there is limited information on the population status of many sharks.

More information

  • QLD Rocky Reef Fin Fish Fishery (24t 2011)
  • NSW Ocean Trap and Line Fishery (10t in 2011)

Pearl perch is commercially caught in low volumes in Australia, although it is a key recreational species. There is limited information on the species in general, although it is considered vulnerable to the effects of fishing as it is long-lived species. Stock status in both QLD and NSW is uncertain.

In QLD, pearl perch is caught in a fishery that primarily targets overfished snapper.

The bycatch of threatened and protected species associated with the NSW fishery is a main concern. Hammerhead sharks, which are listed as protected under NSW legislation, are caught and accidentally killed in the fishery, as well as endangered grey nurse and great white sharks and green turtles.

Sharks that are not listed as protected under Federal or NSW State law can be retained for sale, including sandbar and dusky sharks. These sharks are large, slow to mature and late to reproduce, meaning they are extremely vulnerable to fishing pressure. Although fishery managers have set limits on the number of sharks that can be retained, these limits are not based on scientific assessments of the stock status of affected shark species, as there is limited information on the population status of many sharks.