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Hapuku (2018)

Polyprion oxygeneios

  • Rowan Chick (Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales)
  • Luke Albury (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland)
  • Ashley Fowler (Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales)
  • Jeff Norriss (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia)
  • Paul Rogers (South Australian Research and Development Institute)
  • Ashley Williams (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences)

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Summary

The stock structure of Hapuku in Australian waters is unknown. Stock status at the jurisdictional level shows Hapuku is ‘sustainable’ in WA, ‘undefined’ in Qld and NSW, ‘depleting’ in Commonwealth waters and ‘negligible’ in SA.

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Stock Status Overview

Stock status determination
Jurisdiction Stock Fisheries Stock status Indicators
Western Australia Western Australia GDSMF, WCDSIMF, WL (SC) Sustainable Spawning potential ratio, fishing mortality
GDSMF
Gascoyne Demersal Scalefish Managed Fishery (WA)
WCDSIMF
West Coast Demersal Scalefish (Interim) Managed Fishery (WA)
WL (SC)
Open Access in the South Coast (WA)
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Stock Structure

The stock structure of Hapuku throughout Australian waters is unknown. Life history characteristics, similar to Bass Groper (P. americanus), suggest a broad population structure [Ball et al. 2000]. However, Beentjes and Francis [1999] inferred the likelihood of separate stocks within New Zealand based on tagging studies of Hapuku, despite recorded movements of up to about 1 400 km. Paul [2002] reported on the stock structure of Hapuku (and Bass Groper) in New Zealand, reviewing available data, concluding that stock structure could not be described, and there was insufficient data describing the life history characteristics to distinguish different stocks. Wakefield et al. [2010] described differences in aged-based demography and reproduction of Hapuku among regions of Western Australia, and likely pan-oceanic mixing of the broader P. oxygeneios population (including Indian Ocean). No such investigations have been done on Hapuku throughout eastern and south eastern Australian waters to develop our understanding of stock structure. It is likely Hapuku in eastern and south eastern Australian waters constitute one or more stocks of a greater population and fisheries within this region access this stock or subset of stocks in support of their annual catches. Panmixia could be expected throughout the region, owing to the extended larval/juvenile phase (years) and large-scale genetic homogeneity of congener P. americanus which has similar life-history traits [Ball et al. 2000, Roberts 1996, Sedberry et al. 1996, Wakefield et al. 2010]. Evidence in support of a single biological stock, or stock structuring within broader Australian waters is limited.

Here, assessment of stock status is presented at the jurisdictional level—Commonwealth, Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

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Stock Status

Western Australia

The Hapuku catch in Western Australia is predominantly by commercial line fishers operating along the lower west and particularly south coasts. An age-based assessment from sampling 2005 and 2006 south coast catches estimated fishing mortality (F) to be within target and threshold levels [Wakefield et al. 2010]. More robust modelling of the same data was undertaken in 2018, assuming variable recruitment and age-based selectivity. This updated and unpublished assessment generated two spawning potential ratio estimates (± 95 per cent confidence intervals) using the per recruit and dynamic pool methods: 0.48 (0.43–0.54) and 0.44 (0.38–0.50) respectively, indicating a high likelihood that spawning potential was above the threshold reference level of 0.30. Simultaneously generated estimates of F and natural mortality M per year were 0.045 (0.04–0.05) and 0.09, respectively, giving an F/M estimate of 0.50 (0.42–0.60), well below the threshold reference level of 0.67. The new analysis shows the breeding stock was adequate and fishing mortality sustainable at the time the sample was collected. Since then annual catches declined by about half until returning to 2005/2006 levels in the last two years.

On the basis of the evidence provided above, Hapuku in Western Australia is classified as a sustainable stock.

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Biology

Hapuku biology [Ball et al. 2000, Paxton et al. 1989, Wakefield et al. 2010]
Biology
Species Longevity / Maximum Size Maturity (50 per cent)
Hapuku 52 years Females 1 114 mm TL Males 702 mm TL Females 7.1 years, 760 mm TL Males 6.8 years, 702 mm TL
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Distributions

Distribution of reported commercial catch of Hapuku

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Tables

Fishing methods
Western Australia
Commercial
Hand Line, Hand Reel or Powered Reels
Dropline
Unspecified
Charter
Various
Recreational
Various
Management methods
Method Western Australia
Charter
Bag limits
Licence
Limited entry
Seasonal closures
Spatial closures
Commercial
Effort limits
Gear restrictions
Limited entry
Spatial zoning
Indigenous
Customary fishing permits
Recreational
Bag and possession limits
Bag limits
Licence (Recreational Fishing from Boat License)
Seasonal closures
Spatial closures
Active vessels
Western Australia
<3 in Charter, <3 in GDSMF, 4 in WCDSIMF, 19 in WL (SC)
Charter
Tour Operator (WA)
GDSMF
Gascoyne Demersal Scalefish Managed Fishery (WA)
WCDSIMF
West Coast Demersal Scalefish (Interim) Managed Fishery (WA)
WL (SC)
Open Access in the South Coast (WA)
Catch
Western Australia
Commercial 41.91t in GDSMF, WCDSIMF, WL (SC)
Indigenous Unknown
Recreational West Coast: 188 fish ± 90 std err South Coast: 121 fish ± 68
GDSMF
Gascoyne Demersal Scalefish Managed Fishery (WA)
WCDSIMF
West Coast Demersal Scalefish (Interim) Managed Fishery (WA)
WL (SC)
Open Access in the South Coast (WA)

Western Australia – Recreational (management methods) Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence is required for use of a powered boat to fish or to transport catch or fishing gear to or from a land-based fishing location.

Queensland – Indigenous (management methods) Under the Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld), Indigenous fishers in Queensland are entitled to use prescribed traditional and Non-commercial fishing apparatus in waters open to fishing. Size and possession limits, and seasonal closures do not apply to Indigenous fishers. Further exemptions to fishery regulations may be applied for through permits.

New South Wales – Indigenous (Management Methods) The Aboriginal Cultural Fishing Interim Access Arrangement allows an Indigenous fisher in New South Wales to take in excess of a recreational bag limit in certain circumstances—for example, if they are doing so to provide fish to other community members who cannot harvest themselves. The Aboriginal cultural fishing authority is the authority that Indigenous persons can apply to take catches outside the recreational limits under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Section 37 (1d)(3)(9), Aboriginal cultural fishing authority. In cases where the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) applies fishing activity can be undertaken by the person holding native title in line with S.211 of that Act, which provides for fishing activities for the purpose of satisfying their personal, domestic or non-commercial communal needs. In managing the resource where native title has been formally recognised, the native title holders are engaged with to ensure their native title rights are respected and inform management of the State's fisheries resources. 

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Catch Chart

Commercial catch of Hapuku - note confidential catch not shown

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References

  1. AFMA 2014, Residual risk assessment. Teleost and chondrichthyan species: Report for the scalefish automatic longline method of the gillnet hook and trap sector. Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
  2. AFMA 2015, Ecological risk management: Strategy for the southern and eastern scalefish and shark fishery. Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
  3. Ball, AO, Sedberry, GR, Zatcoff, MS, Chapman, RW and Carlin, JL 2000, Population structure of the wreckfish Polyprion americanus determined with microsatellite genetic markers. Marine Biology, 137(5-6): 1077–1090.
  4. Beentjes, MP and Francis MP 1999, Movement of hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios) determined from tagging studies. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 33(1): 1–12
  5. Chick, RC and Fowler, AM 2018, Stock status summary and stock assessment report 2018 - Ocean Trap and Line Fishery (Line Fishing – Eastern Zone). Hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios). NSW Department of Primary Industries, Port Stephens Fisheries Institute: 32pp.
  6. Francis, MP, Mulligan, KP, Davies, NM, Beentjes, MP 1999, Age and growth estimates for New Zealand hapuku, Polyprion oxygeneios. Fishery Bulletin 97(2): 227–242.
  7. Henry, GW and Lyle, JM 2003, The national recreational and Indigenous fishing survey. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra.
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  14. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 2018, Queensland Stock Status Assessment Workshop Proceedings 2018. Species Summaries. 19–20 June 2018, Brisbane.
  15. Roberts, CD 1996, Hapuku and bass: the mystery of the missing juveniles. Seafood New Zealand, 4: 17–21.
  16. Sedberry GR, Andrade CA, Carlin JL, Chapman RW and others 1999, Wreckfish Polyprion americanus in the North Atlantic: fisheries, biology, and management of a widely distributed and long-lived fish. American Fisheries Society Symposium 23, American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 27−50.
  17. Wakefield, CB, Newman, SJ and Molony, BW 2010, Age-based demography and reproduction of hapuku, Polyprion oxygeneios, from the south coast of Western Australia: implications for management. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67(6): 1164–1174.
  18. Webley, J, McInnes, K, Teixeira, D, Lawson, A and Quinn, R 2015. Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey 2013–14. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government.
  19. West, LD, Stark, KE, Murphy, JJ, Lyle, JM and Ochwada-Doyle, FA 2015, Survey of recreational fishing in New South Wales and the ACT, 2013/14. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 149. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wollongong.
  20. Zhou, S, Fuller, M and Daley, R 2012, Sustainability assessment of fish species potentially impacted in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery: 2007-2010. Report to the Australia Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra, Australia.

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