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Southern Bluefin Tuna Quota Rises Australia, December 6, 12

The quota for the commercial southern bluefin tuna catch has increased slightly this season, after a strong recovery of stocks from disease.

The commercial southern bluefin tuna season began on the weekend, with this year’s catch increased by 3 percent to just under 4,700 tons.

Eyre Peninsula fishers are expected to head out in their boats next week.

Brian Jeffriess from the Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association says unlike last year, fishers are hopeful tuna will be concentrated in regular spots.

“Normally we would go to around about Ceduna at this time of the year and catch the fish there,” he said.

“Last year the fish were already east of Port Lincoln, so you can see the big difference at this time of the year, so we expect them to be at the normal places this year.”

Japan’s weak economy is prompting the southern bluefin tuna industry to look elsewhere overseas for marketing opportunities.

Mr. Jeffriess says although it is expected to be a good year for stocks, marketing the species to other regions will be difficult and costly.

“We’ve been for a long time dependent on one market and one currency and it’s been a very, very good market for us and will continue to be the dominant market for us into the foreseeable future but the lesson of the last three years is we have to start stronger marketing in other areas of the world,” he said.