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- Stout whiting stocks are considered healthy in Queensland.
- Stout whiting are caught using otter trawls and Danish seine nets that mainly operate over sandy habitats. Sand habitats are naturally resilient to fishing activity and it is unlikely any sensitive marine habitats are negatively impacted.
- Interactions with threatened species have been recorded, including pipefish and seahorses, although these appear minimal.
- Fisheries records are inconsistent and do not enable a full understanding of the extent and potential impacts of species bycatch, although impacts are likely low.
Stout whiting are the more affordable cousin of the well-regarded King George Whiting. Like other Whitings in the family they have fine white flesh with a delicate flake and a mild, sweet flavour. Whiting is a great fish to pan fry or barbecue either whole or as fillets. It can become dry if overcooked, so a coating such as a crumb or batter is often used to protect the flesh from direct heat. Try pan frying or deep-frying after coating. Whole fish can be baked in the oven with a little oil, lemon and salt. Whiting’s delicate flesh also suits it to steaming, which will help keep it juicy and moist.
- QLD Fin Fish (Stout Whiting) Trawl Fishery (~700t 2011)
Fisheries managers assess the stock status of stout whiting using information from fishery catch records to assess if there are any significant changes in the age and size of fish caught. The stock status of stout whiting is considered healthy.
Stout Whiting is caught using otter trawls and Danish seine nets. Trawled areas are mainly comprised of sandy sea floor, which are relatively resilient to fishing disturbance. Although the area fished is not extensively mapped, the likelihood of sensitive marine habitats being affected is low in this fishery.
Small numbers of pipefish and seasnakes are incidentally caught in the fishery. Previous issues with the accidental catch of turtles in the fishery appear to have been addressed through mandatory use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) that allow turtles caught in fishing gear to escape.
Inconsistencies in logbook reporting of threatened species have been identified as an issue in QLD fisheries, and the lack of an independent observer program is of concern. However, interactions are considered low in this fishery.