Swimmer Shark activity map
Sea Sense

Let’s bring it to the beach.
Read more

Alerts

Latest shark advice and warnings.
Read More

Light ray Light ray Light ray Light ray Light ray Light ray Light ray
Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles

SMART Drumline Catch Report

August 2019

Operation Summary

During August 2019, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 13 days across the Gracetown SMART drumline fishing zone. Weather permitting, SMART drumlines are deployed and retrieved each day. However, adverse winter weather conditions prevented the setting of SDLs for 18 days.

Catch Summary

During August 2019, one target species (White Shark) was caught. Three non-target sharks were caught, along with two other non-target species. All sharks were tagged and released alive. One recapture of a Smooth Stingray was recorded.

Full details are listed in the table below.

Other Comments

During August 2019, SMART buoys were activated 21 times, with an average response time of eight (8) 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.

Table1: SMART drumline (SDL) target species catch details for August 2019

Date Time SDL Location Species Total Length (cm) Sex Status
20 August 2019  14:59 Near Ellensbrook surfing spot White Shark  330 Female Alive

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

Date Time SDL Location Species Total Length (cm) Sex Status
2 August 2019  12:11 Near Ellensbrook surfing spot Smooth Stingray  130 Male Alive 
2 August 2019 13:15  Near South Point surfing spot Shortfin Mako  300 Female Alive 
9 August 2019  15:30 Near The Womb surfing spot Shortfin Mako  275 Female  Alive 
27 August 2019 9:33  Near Guillotine surfing spot Smooth Stingray  140 Female  Alive 
28 August 2019 9:09  Near Hangmans surfing spot Bronze Whaler  230 Male  Alive