SMART Drumline catch report
During March 2019, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 23 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 eight days.
During March 2019, no target species (white sharks) were caught. 20 non-target sharks were caught, along with 10 other non-target species. All sharks were tagged and released and there were no recaptures recorded. All species captured were released alive.
Full details are listed in the table below.
During March 2019 SMART buoys were activated 41 times, with an average response time of 10 minutes. The maximum response time of 30 minutes from alert via the SDL to arrival of the vessel at the SDL was exceeded on one occasion. This was a response to an alarm that occurred (7 March) while the contractor was attending to a shark on another SDL. The alarm was a false alarm and no animal remained on the hook during this period.
TABLE 1. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) TARGET SPECIES CATCH DETAILS FOR MARCH 2019
*No target species caught.
TABLE 2. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) NON-TARGET SPECIES AND BY-CATCH DETAILS FOR MARCH 2019
|Date||Time||SDL Location||Species||Total length (cm)||Sex||Status|
|2 March 2019||13:18||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||286||Male||Alive|
|3 March 2019||13:04||Near South Point surfing spot||Tiger Shark||268||Female||Alive|
|6 March 2019||9:14||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||240||Male||Alive|
|13:13||Near Veryiuca Brook||Smooth Stingray||150||Female||Alive|
|14:06||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Bronze Whaler||230||Male||Alive|
|7 March 2019||10:28||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||250||Female||Alive|
|12:55||Near Hangmans surfing spot||Tiger Shark||238||Female||Alive|
|12:59||Near Veryiuca Brook||Smooth Stingray||100||Female||Alive|
|13:38||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||275||Male||Alive|
|8 March 2019||10:12||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||275||Male||Alive|
|10:21||Near North Point Beach||Tiger Shark||239||Male||Alive|
|9 March 2019||11:58||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||310||Female||Alive|
|12:54||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||270||Male||Alive|
|13:28||Near North Point Beach||Tiger Shark||320||Female||Alive|
|14:31||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||250||Female||Alive|
|12 March 2019||13:02||Near Veryiuca Brook||Smooth Stingray||100||Female||Alive|
|13 March 2019||15:04||Near North Point Beach||Shortfin Mako||309||Female||Alive|
|15 March 2019||9:15||Near Veryiuca Brook||Smooth Stingray||100||Unknown||Alive|
|9:30||Near Guillotine surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||150||Male||Alive|
|16:02||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||150||Female||Alive|
|16 March 2019||11:49||Near Guillotine surfing spot||Tiger Shark||180||Female||Alive|
|18 March 2019||8:30||Near South Point surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||180||Female||Alive|
|10:29||Near South Point surfing spot||Bronze Whaler||280||Male||Alive|
|12:26||Near Veryiuca Brook||Smooth Stingray||130||Female||Alive|
|13:07||Near Cobblestones surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||367||Female||Alive|
|23 March 2019||11:50||Near South Point surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||228||Male||Alive|
|16:22||Near Lefthanders surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||150||Unknown||Alive|
|24 March 2019||11:55||Near North Point Beach||Smooth Stingray||150||Unknown||Alive|
|25 March 2019||16:47||Near North Point Beach||Smooth Stingray||120||Male||Alive|
|26 March 2019||17:02||Near Guillotine surfing spot||Dusky Whaler||114||Female||Alive|