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Abalone Industry Development: local assessment and management by industry

Day, R., Prince, J., Gorfine, H., McAvaney, L. and Gilmour, P. (2010) Abalone Industry Development: local assessment and management by industry. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

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Because abalone larvae do not move far from their parents and abalone on different reefs start to reproduce at very different sizes, it is important to manage the stocks in each area with different size limits and catch limits. Otherwise, although the overall quota limit for a fishery zone at a given size limit may be correct, those places where abalone grow fastest are likely to become depleted, while areas with slow-growing abalone would be under-utilised. Such fine scale assessment and management of reef-stocks cannot be achieved by state regulations alone, so that collaborative management by industry stakeholders, assisted by state management agencies and researchers, is essential. This project was developed as a collaboration between researchers, industry stakeholders and managers, to empower industry to assess reef-stocks using diver observations of the shape and fouling of abalone shells.

Item Type: Report
Series Name: FRDC Project 2005/024
Publisher: The University of Melbourne
Copyright: © Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and The University of Melbourne
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