A fisherman holding up a longtail tuna

Recreational angler Alan Griffiths with a typical longtail tuna caught in south eastern Queensland. Photo: Shane Griffiths

New website for sharing longtail tuna fishing tales

Coastal anglers are being encouraged to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Australia’s newest ‘recreational only’ species, the longtail tuna, by reporting catches using a new online system. (5:40)

  • 5 February 2010

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In December 2006, in an effort to protect Australia’s longtail tuna, the Australian Government declared the fish to be a ‘recreational-only’ species, meaning it could only be caught by recreational anglers.

Longtail tuna is popular among anglers and is commonly caught in tropical and temperate coastal waters around Australia, and even from the shore.

To ensure the species’ long-term sustainability, coastal anglers are being encouraged to help by reporting catches using a new online system.

The information is being sought by a consortium of recreational fishing groups and scientists led by CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship.

In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Shane Griffiths explains how the website is more than a place for logging catches, it’s also a longtail tuna ‘one-stop shop’ of useful information for anglers.

Report your fishing trip on the National longtail tuna survey [external link] site.