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SMART drumline catch report

APRIL 2019

Operation Summary

During April 2019, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 21 days across the Gracetown SMART drumline fishing zone. 

Weather permitting, SMART drumlines are deployed and retrieved each day. However, adverse weather conditions prevented the setting of SDLs for nine days.

Catch Summary

During April 2019, one target species (White Shark) was caught. 17 non-target sharks were caught, along with two other non-target species. All sharks were tagged and released and there were no recaptures recorded.

Full details are listed in the table below.

Other comments

During April 2019, SMART buoys were activated 41 times, with an average response time of 7 minutes. The maximum response time of 30 minutes from alert via the SDL to arrival of the vessel at the SDL was not exceeded on any occasion.

Table 1. SMART drumline (SDL) target species catch details for April 2019.

Date Time SDL Location Species Total length
(cm)
Sex Status
25 April 2019 15:23 Near North Point surfing
spot
White Shark 460 Female Alive

 

Table 2. SMART drumline (SDL) non-target species and by-catch details for April 2019.

Date Time SDL Location Species Total length (cm) Sex Status
1 April 2019 13:31 Near Veryiuca Brook Bronze Whaler 270 Male Alive
2 April 2019 11:42 Near South Point surfing spot Shortfin Mako 180 Unknown Alive
3 April 2019 13:19 Near Veryiuca Brook Samsonfish 155 Unknown Alive
5 April 2019  11:56 Near Hangmans surfing spot Tiger Shark 180 Female Alive
 6 April 2019 15:07 Near Veryiuca Brook Tiger Shark 260 Female Alive
  17:00 Near South Point surfing spot Shortfin Mako 210 Male Alive
9 April 2019 11:00 Near North Point Beach Tiger Shark 285 Female Alive
  14:46 Near Veryiuca Brook Tiger Shark 299 Female Alive
13 April 2019 11:51 Near The Womb surfing spot Dusky Whaler 300 Male Alive
  13:25 Near Hangmans surfing spot Tiger Shark 240 Female Alive
18 April 2019  10:04 Near Cobblestones surfing spot Dusky Whaler 250 Female Alive
21 April 2019 16:40 Near Hangmans surfing spot Tiger Shark 240 Male Alive
22 April 2019  9:32 Near The Womb surfing spot Tiger Shark 200 Female Alive
23 April 2019  10:37 Near North Point Beach Smooth Stingray 100 Unknown Alive
 24 April 2019 12:50 Near North Point Beach Dusky Whaler 200 Female Alive
25 April 2019 12:07 Near South Point surfing spot Shortfin Mako 180 Unknown Alive
26 April 2019 10:29 Near Ellensbrook surfing spot Shortfin Mako 320 Female Alive
  11:34 Near South Point surfing spot Dusky Whaler 240 Male Alive
27 April 2019 12:32 Near The Womb surfing spot Shortfin Mako 280 Male Alive