News of commercial and domestic fishing in the waters of the the Tristan da Cunha archipelago.

Fishing Season Update

From Director of Fisheries James Glass
who reviews the 2023/24 fishing season on 20th December 2023

The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Tristan Islands was set as a total of 444 tonnes for the 2023-2024 fishing season by the Island Council.

TACs for the islands are as follows:

  • Inaccessible: 111 tonnes with 60% caught to date.
  • Nightingale: 95 tonnes with 56% caught to date.
  • Gough: 113 tonnes with 80% caught to date.
  • Tristan: 125 tonnes with 58% caught to date

Photo from James shows his grandson Connor in the Research RIB Jasus Tristani
when sampling fish off Nightingale Island,
showing the satellite islets of Alex or Middle Island, left and Stoltenhoff Island, right

There was a slight delay to the start of the Tristan season with the factory not being ready on the 1st July 2023.

The first fishing day of the new season was on the 27th July with 5.2 tonnes being caught. Catches so far have been excellent with ten days fishing to date, landing a total of 73 tonnes. The highest total catch landed so far by the nine local boats has been 9.2 tonnes in a single day and the most caught by a single boat 1.32 tonnes.

The fishermen are currently only using 16 traps and 32 hoop nets, and only doing daylight fishing. No gear is left overnight.

Another view of Connor aboard the Research RIB Jasus Tristani
off Nightingale Island from James.

The docking time has now been reduced to 4:00pm, to try and restrict landings, so that more whole products can be packed for the markets. A few fishing days were also lost during the time the SA Agulhas II was here as there was a bad flu virus going around.

The weather has also been terrible, lots of rain and easterly winds, resulting in only one fishing day in July, two in August and September, three in October and only one in both November and December. However, I don't foresee any problem to land the TAC of 125 tonnes before the deadline of 30th April 2024.

Chief Islander reviews start of the 2023/24 fishing season

News of the 2023 - 2024 Tristan da Cunha Fishing Season

Report and photos from Director of Fisheries and Chief Islander James Glass
on 6th November 2023

Fishery staff measuring the carapace of a Tristan lobster on 4th October,
as part of the collection of Catch at Length Data, needed to help set the TAC's.

The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Tristan Islands was set as a total of 444,000kgs (444 tonnes) for the 2023-2024 fishing season by the Island Council.

TACs for the individual outer islands are as follows:

•     Inaccessible: 111,000kgs with 50.2% of the TAC caught to date.

•     Nightingale: 95,000kgs with 24.3% of the TAC caught to date.

•     Gough: 113,000kgs with 52.5% of the TAC caught to date.

The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Tristan was set at 125,000kgs.

There was a slight delay to the start of the season with the factory not being ready on the 1st July.

The first day fishing for the new season was on the 27th July with 5219.4kgs being caught.

Catches so far have been excellent with nine days fishing to date, landing a total of 65,281.4kgs (52.2% of Tristan's TAC).

Fishing boat 'Verkenner' with crew Shane Green and apprentice Kieran Glass loading the trays and checking for undersize at the bow, whilst crew member Steve Swain is at the stern sorting the gear, on the 26th October.
This boat landed 988.1kgs (2,178lbs) on the day, not bad for a boat that takes their fishing gear out in the morning and brings it back in the evening (no overnight sets allowed)

For this season the highest total catch landed so far by the nine local boats have been 9187.7kgs and the most caught by a single boat 1321.3kgs (2,926lbs). The fishermen are currently only using 16 traps and 32 hoop nets, and only doing daylight fishing. No gear is left overnight.

The docking time has now been reduced to 4pm, to try and restrict landings, so that more whole products can be packed for the markets. A few fishing days were also lost during the time the SA Agulhas was here as there was a bad flu virus going around.

The weather has also been terrible, lots of rain and easterly winds, with only one or two fine days a week. However, there will not be a problem to land the TAC before the deadline on the 30th April.