Considering that the orange roughy does not mature until it reaches at least 20 years of age and has a lifespan of more than 100 years, the World Wildlife fund reports that it may be difficult to recover from such depletion. Further catch reductions were made and several New Zealand fisheries were closed to allow stocks to recover. These three orange roughy stocks are certified with conditions, which require further evidence that each are within the management target population levels (one stock), that the direct effects of orange roughy fishing are not causing unacceptable impacts on corals (two stocks), and that external reviews of the management systems is undertaken (three stocks). Orange Roughy within the Australian Fishing Zone form a single genetic stock [Gonçalves da Silva et al. It does not breed until 23-31 years old and does so once a year in large spawning aggregations, often around deepwater seamounts, pinnacles and canyons around New Zealand. In other words, they don’t want to touch the bottom. Fresh ideas. The best way to fish for roughy is to target the spawning aggregations. o A high level of Government observer coverage aboard vessels fishing for orange roughy - in recent years between 41-47% of all orange roughy tows have been observed. In fact, commercial fishing has led to the total extinction of the orange roughy in some areas of the world. The draft fisheries management guidance has been produced to provide advice on the impact various fishing activities may have on MPA search features in Scotland’s seas. Targeted fishing will not re-commence for a stock until it is at least above its limit reference point. Catch limits – Targeted fishing for orange roughy has been prohibited in the SESSF, excluding the Cascade Plateau, since 2006. Orange Roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) February 2014 Please note that this advice is currently in draft format pending external peer review, and so may be subject to change. To outsiders it was evident that orange roughy populations were overfished, and environmental agencies began holding orange roughy up as proof that the fishing industry was reckless. 2012]; however, separate demographic units exist despite genetic similarity [Morison et al. Orange roughy is a very slow growing and long-lived (120-130 years) deepwater fish, making it highly vulnerable to fishing pressure and overfishing. Haddon: A good deal of orange roughy fishing is midwater trawling. Swift action was needed. But you don’t want to put your gear through that, you’ll fill up and potentially break gear or lose it. 2012].