Here’s how to avoid getting caught up in the fishing frenzy, with a focus on big-and-little fish and the ocean’s oceans.
Read moreThe world’s largest marine animal, the sea lion, has been spotted in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, and a giant tuna has been found off the coast of South Australia.
The sea lion is considered one of the most endangered species on Earth and it is one of only two species on the planet that is threatened by extinction.
While they have been spotted off the west coast of Australia, the giant tuna was spotted off South Australia and has been dubbed “Australia’s largest catch”.
The large fish was caught in a trap that had been set by a trawler off the Queensland coast in January.
The trawling company, the Fisherman’s Choice, said the fish was a huge tuna with “big, deep, sharp teeth”.
The fish was later removed from the water and sent to a facility in Melbourne for processing.
The fish is expected to arrive in New South Wales in the next few days, the company said.
The giant tuna is one species that is particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure.
“This is a very large tuna, weighing around 80 kilograms, that is likely to be caught in the Great Barrier Strait,” Fisherman Choice general manager Rob Smith said.
“The average catch is only around 1kg.”
It is not yet known how big the tuna is, but Smith said the animal was likely to have been caught in waters between 10 to 20 metres deep.
Smith said the trawlings caught the tuna from a deep-water region off the south coast of the Great Australian Bight, and the trawlers also caught a smaller fish, the red and white tuna.
“They will all be sent to the same place to be processed, but we’ll also take them into a processing facility,” Smith said, adding that a trawl of the tuna was also being done on a larger fish.
“We’re trying to catch as many big fish as possible, so if we can catch more of them, we can take them further north to the Bight,” he said.
Smith described the giant fish as “a major threat to our environment” and said it was important to keep their numbers at bay.
“It’s really important that we get them out of the water as soon as possible and get them off the Bough and to the South Coast,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“If we don’t get them in the South Australian waters we’re putting ourselves in a situation where the fish are going to end up in other areas of the ocean.”
Smith said he was “very proud” of his team for “putting in the effort to catch this big fish”.
“We are very lucky to have got it out of there,” he added.
“What we’ve learnt is that the fish can be caught from very shallow waters and we are really lucky that we got it to a place where we could take it back to the boat and then get it processed and put it back into the water.”
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