Table 3. Stock status, science and management knowledge (SMK), and cultural value (CV) scores for commercial and traditional fisheries and species in the Torres Strait.

CV score
Fishery and species Stock status SMK Islander ownership Fishery average Species
Commercial Fishery
Prawn None 1.0
Blue endeavour (Metapenaeus endeavouri) Not overfished 1 1
Brown tiger (Penaeus esculentus) Not overfished 1 1
Redspot king (Melicertus longistylus) Uncertain 3 1
Tropical rock lobster (Panulirus ornatus) Not overfished 1 54% of licenses 8 8
Finfish 98% of licenses 1.8
Mackerel Not overfished 2 2.0§
Coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus) Not overfished 2 1
Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) Uncertain 3 1
Mixed reef fish| Uncertain 3 1.9
Hand collectables 99% of licenses 5.8
Bêche-de-mer Overfished 1 3#
Trochus Uncertain 3 7.0††
Pearl shell Overfished 3 6.0‡‡
Crab Uncertain 3 100% of licenses 5.5 5.5§§
Traditional Fishery
Turtle 100% 6.3
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) Uncertain 2 9
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Uncertain 2 9
Flatback turtle (Chelonia depressa) Uncertain 3 1
Dugong (Dugong dugon) Uncertain 2 100% 9
Reef fishery 100% 3.0
Mixed finfish Uncertain 3 1.8||
Invertebrates Uncertain 4 4.3¶¶

Derived from PZJA (2008) or Wilson et al. (2009).
1 = high, 2 = medium, 3 = low, 4 = none.
§ Three species combined by Smyth et al. (2006): Spanish (Scomberomorus commerson), school (S. queenslandicus), and shark mackerel (Grammatorcynus bicarinatus).
| Snappers, emperors (Lutjanus and Lethrinus spp.), and rock cods (Epinephelus spp.).
Average for 16 species of snappers, emperors, and rock cods from Smyth et al. (2006).
# 14 species combined by Smyth et al. (2006).
†† Average for two species from Smyth et al. (2006): Trochus niloticus and T. cerithium.
‡‡ Average for two species from Smyth et al. (2006): black-lipped (Pinctada margaritifera) and golden-lipped pearl shell (P. maxima).
§§ Average for two species from Smyth et al. (2006): mud (Scylla serata) and blue swimmer crabs (Portunus pelagicus).
|| Average for 22 species from Smyth et al. (2006), excluding commercial finfish species.
¶¶ Average for 19 species of gastropods, bivalves, squid, and octopus from Smyth et al. (2006).