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SMART Drumline catch report

MARCH 2019

Operation Summary

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.

Catch Summary

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.

Other Comments

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