Fishing for oysters in Foveaux Strait does not allow for tow-by-tow reporting of bycatch and oyster discards. These data were estimated from stratified sampling (by region and fishing effort) in February 2021. Oyster discards above and below legal size during the 2020 season were relatively low. Live bycatch, 25.0% of all dredge contents, represented 81 taxa (most of negligible weight). Non-QMS species (47.9%) mostly 4 species, bryozoans-sponges (33.4%), and QMS species (4.9%, SUR and SSC).
FAR 2022/62Estimates of bycatch and oyster discards from the Foveaux Strait oyster fishery (OYU 5) in February 2021 to fulfil requirements for IEMRS reporting
Report - Fisheries Assessment Report (FAR)