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Morton, J. and Jacobsen, I. (2023) Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery Level 1 Ecological Risk Assessment. Technical Report. State of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.



The Queensland Ecological Risk Assessment Guideline (the Guideline) was released in March 2018 as part of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017–2027. This Guideline provides an overview of strategy being employed to develop Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) for Queensland’s fisheries. The Guideline describes a four-stage framework consisting of a Scoping Study; a Level 1, whole-of-fishery qualitative assessment; a Level 2, species-specific semi-quantitative or low-data quantitative assessment and; a Level 3 quantitative assessment (if applicable).

The aim of the Level 1 ERA is to produce a broad risk profile for each fishery based on a qualitative ERA method described by Astles et al. (2006). The method considers a range of factors including the current fishing environment (e.g. current catch, effort and licensing trends), limitations of the current management arrangements (e.g. transfer of effort to already saturated markets, substantial increases in fishing mortality for key species, changing target species) and life-history constraints of the species being assessed.

In the Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery, the Level 1 ERA assessed fishing related risks in 15 broader ecological components including target species, bycatch, marine turtles, sea snakes, crocodiles, dugongs, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), protected teleosts, batoids, sharks, syngnathids, seabirds, terrestrial mammals, marine habitats and ecosystem processes. The Level 1 ERA indicates that the Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery presents a negligible to low risk to most ecological components. At intermediate, target species had the highest risk rating of the assessment. This rating was influenced by catch reporting inadequacies and data deficiencies. Despite this, it is recommended that the target species ecological component be progressed to a Level 2 or species-specific ERA.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Fisheries Queensland
Additional Information:This publication forms part of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017–2027
Keywords:Aquarium Fishery, MAFF, Ecological Risk
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery resources
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
Live Archive:28 Apr 2023 03:06
Last Modified:28 Apr 2023 03:06

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