Smart drumline catch report
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.
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.
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
|25 April 2019||15:23||Near North Point surfing
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|