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Choerodon rubescens. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2

Fairclough, D. and Cornish, A. (2004) Choerodon rubescens. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2.

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Choerodon rubescens is a sought after species for its high quality white flesh by both commercial and recreational fishers in Western Australia (Crowe et al. 1999, Last et al. 1999, Sumner and Williamson 1999, Sumner et al. 2002). Commercial wetline catches, from the main region in which this species is fished, i.e., the Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, a group of islands and reefs ca 70 km offshore at ca 28º45'S, 113º45'E (hereafter referred to as the Abrolhos Islands), remained stable during the 1990s (average ca. 31.5 tons per year)(Crowe et al. 1999). Penn et al. (2003) stated that fishing effort for C. rubescens increased to its highest recorded levels in 2001/02, an increase of 16% from the previous year. However, the catch only increased 2% and thus Penn et al. (2003) suggested that the fishery at the Abrolhos Islands may be showing signs of over-exploitation. Levels of impact on this species are likely to be lower outside of the Abrolhos Islands region, since commercial fishers outside that area target other species primarily (Penn et al. 2003). Total annual commercial catches of C. rubescens using all fishing methods (wetline, gill net, long-line) in Western Australia from 1991/92 to 1997/98 ranged between ca. 40 and 53 t (Crowe et al. 1999).

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