SMART Drumline Catch Report
During March 2020, 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 ten days.
During March 2020, no target species (white sharks) were caught. A total of 14 non-target sharks were caught, with no other non-target species captured. All sharks were tagged and released and there were no recaptures recorded.
Full details are listed in the table below.
During March 2020 SMART buoys were activated 40 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 MARCH 2020.
*No target species caught
TABLE 2. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) NON-TARGET SPECIES CATCH DETAILS FOR MARCH 2020.
|Date||Time||SDL Location||Species||Total Length (cm)||Sex||Status|
|2 March 2020||16:51||Near Lefthanders Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||260||Female||Alive|
|3 March 2020||15:20||Near North Point Beach||Tiger Shark||270||Female||Alive|
|8 March 2020||14:32||Near Lefthanders Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||380||Female||Alive|
|9 March 2020||15:22||Near North Point Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||320||Female||Alive|
|11 March 2020||12:44||Near North Point Beach||Bronze Whaler||250||Male||Alive|
|15 March 2020||16:10||Near Cobblestones Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||430||Female||Alive|
|16 March 2020||10:18||Near South Point Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||250||Female||Alive|
|19 March 2020||10:29||Near Cobblestones Surfing Spot||Tiger Shark||230||Female||Alive|
|21 March 2020||11:58||Near North Point Beach||Tiger Shark||280||Female||Alive|
|22 March 2020||10:09||Near North Point Beach||Tiger Shark||380||Female||Alive|
|23 March 2020||16:06||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||265||Male||Alive|
|24 March 2020||12:02||Near South Point Surfing Spot||Bronze Whaler||260||Male||Alive|
|24 March 2020||15:05||Near South Point Surfing Spot||Shortfin Mako||130||Male||Alive|
|25 March 2020||14:38||Near Veryiuca Brook||Bronze Whaler||250||Male||Alive|