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SMART drumline catch report

MAY 2019

OPERATION SUMMARY

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.

CATCH SUMMARY

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.

OTHER COMMENTS

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