SMART drumline catch report
During May 2019, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 24 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 seven (7) days.
During May 2019, no target species (white sharks) were caught. Nine non-target sharks were caught, along with five other non-target species. All sharks were tagged and released alive. There were no recaptures recorded. Full details are listed in the table below.
During May 2019 SMART buoys were activated 46 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 not exceeded on any occasion.
Table 1. SMART drumline (SDL) target species catch details for May 2019
*No target species caught
Table 2. SMART drumline (SDL) non-target species catch details for May 2019
|Date||Time||SDL location||Species||Total Length (cm)||Sex||Status|
|1 May 2019||10:53||Near North Point Beach||Smooth Stingray||92||Male||Alive|
|9 May 2019||15:27||Near South Point surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||220||Male||Alive|
|10 May 2019||12:59||Near North Point Beach||Smooth Stingray||120||Female||Alive|
|12 May 2019||10:30||Near Veryiuca Brook||Bronze Whaler||270||Female||Alive|
|13 May 2019||14:00||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Dusky Whaler||91||Female||Alive|
|15 May 2019||11:54||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||135||Female||Alive|
|15 May 2019||13:37||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Tiger Shark||216||Female||Alive|
|15 May 2019||15:05||Near Guillotine surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||130||Female||Alive|
|19 May 2019||11:57||Near Guillotine surfing spot||Tiger Shark||165||Male||Alive|
|22 May 2019||9:41||Near North Point surfing spot||Tiger Shark||225||Female||Alive|
|24 May 2019||11:13||Near Lefthanders surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||220||Male||Alive|
|24 May 2019||14:49||Near South Point surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||160||Female||Alive|
|27 May 2019||14:56||Near North Beach surfing spot||Tiger Shark||185||Female||Alive|
|30 May 2019||10:44||Near Hangmans surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||Unknown||Unknown||Alive|