Age and growth estimates for pink ling, Genypterus blacodes (Schneider), and gemfish
, Rexea solandri (Cuvier), from eastern Bass Strait, Australia.
The black gemfish
Nesiarchus nasutus Johnson 1862 is distributed worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas except in eastern Pacific and northern Indian oceans.
In Australia, the Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry's Fishery Status Report, lot 2002-03, showed that of 70 principal fished species, 16 (23%) were 'overfished' in Commonwealth-managed waters, including orange roughy, southern bluefin tuna, eastern gemfish
and school sharks.
The problem at the moment is one of social responsibility If you go to any seafood shop you will see gemfish
, redfish etc still on display for sale and the customers are not at all aware that these species are in dire trouble.
In eastern Australia the gemfish
has been so overfished the fishery has been forced to close.
School shark (many different types of shark are sold as flake -- ask what you're eating), orange roughy, dredged commercial scallops and gemfish