National stock status report released

Consumers now have access to the latest and the most comprehensive report on the sustainability of Australia’s fish stocks.

The 2018 Status of Australian Fish Stock (SAFS) Reports was released in March, assessing 120 species made up of 406 stocks across finfish, crustaceans, molluscs and sharks and rays.

Overall, almost 80% of the 406 stocks (120 species) were able to be assessed, and almost 85% of these stocks were classified as sustainable or recovering.

The 2018 SAFS Reports provide the most scientifically robust, up-to-date information on the sustainability of Australia’s fish stocks and are compiled by over one hundred of the country’s leading fisheries researchers from across the nation, ensuring the focus remains on good science.

The work provides a simple way for seafood consumers, fishers, managers, and the public to understand how Australia’s fish stocks are performing.

Results include:

  • All five prawn species were assessed as sustainable.
  • All five whiting species (Eastern School, King George, Sand, Stout and Yellowfin Whiting) were assessed as sustainable.
  • All four Rock Lobster species were assessed as sustainable (Eastern Rock Lobster, Ornate Rock Lobster, Southern Rock Lobster, Western Rock Lobster).
  • 254 stocks were classified as sustainable - representing nearly 85 per cent of the total assessed.
  • 18 stocks were classified as recovering
  • 23 stocks were classified as depleting and
  • 54 stocks were classified as ‘undefined’. Note, all of these stocks have management in place; however there was insufficient data available to confidently classify the stocks.
  • 29 stocks were classified as overfished. Importantly, all have recovery management plans in place that aim to rebuild the stocks.

The complete reports are available at and through a new smartphone app SAFS – Sustainable fish stocks available through both the app store and Google Play.

Page Last Reviewed: 18 Apr 2019
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