This dataset shows the annual retained catch (meaning the catch that is landed at port) in kilograms for Commonwealth fisheries managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). The data comes from AFMA catch disposal records (CDRs) and has been recorded and submitted to AFMA by commercial fishers and fish receiver permit holders. Fish discarded at sea are not included in CDRs and therefore are not included in this dataset. The catch data is provided by fishery, by species and by calendar year.
The dataset shows the amount in kilograms of each species landed by fishery over time. You will need to be careful when interpreting trends in this data because there are many factors that can affect catches each year. For example management measures such as total allowable catch, closing fishing areas, reducing boat numbers or banning the catch of a particular species can lower catches. Similarly, changes in market demand can affect which species are targetted.
These annual catches are calculated from the date the fish was landed at a port. This means that comparisons with other datasets with different summations (for example, catch by fishing season or catch from the date the fish were removed from the ocean) may produce differences.
Catch disposal record data does not include catch by gear type. This information can be found in the “Reported landed annual catch from Commonwealth fisheries logbooks” that is published on data.gov.au. Please note that catch weight data in logbooks are estimates only that have been recorded by fishers while at sea. It is used in combination with logbook gear, effort and spatial data to inform stock assessments. For further details, please see the metadata for the “Reported landed annual catch from Commonwealth fisheries logbooks”.
The data provided by AFMA is raw (unprocessed) data and may contain errors or be incomplete. Errors are more likely in the species caught in low volumes. AFMA makes no warranty or representation that the data is accurate or complete. Those who choose to use this data should make their own enquiries as to its accuracy and completeness and AFMA assumes no liability for any errors or omissions in the data provided, or for any decision by a person who chooses to rely on the data.
Read the metadata (attached below) for further information about the dataset.