SMART Drumline Catch Report
During October 2019, 10 non-lethal SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 22 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 nine days.
During October 2019, no target species (white sharks) were caught. Seven non-target sharks were caught, along with one other non-target species. All animals were released alive.
The Shortfin Mako, caught on 29 October, unhooked itself before it could be tagged and swam off strongly in good condition. All other animals were tagged prior to release.
No recaptures have been reported on a SMART drumline.
Full details are listed in the table below.
During October 2019, SMART drumlines were activated 21 times, with an average response time of seven (7) minutes. The maximum response time of 30 minutes was not exceeded on any occasion.
Table 1. SMART drumline (SDL) target species catch details for October 2019.
*No target species caught.
Table 2. SMART drumline (SDL) non-target species catch details for October 2019.
|Date||Time||SDL Location||Species||Total Length (cm)||Sex||Status|
|2 October 2019||15:37||Near Ellensbrook surfing spot||Tiger Shark||235||Male||Alive|
|3 October 2019||08:18||Near South Point surfing spot||Shortfin Mako||190||Female||Alive|
|3 October 2019||11:03||Near Hangmans surfing spot||Tiger Shark||350||Male||Alive|
|12 October 2019||16:54||Near Hangmans surfing spot||Bronze Whaler||285||Male||Alive|
|19 October 2019||16:43||Near Veryiuca Brook||Tiger Shark||380||Male||Alive|
|20 October 2019||13:01||Near Veryiuca Brook||Shartfin Mako||150||Female||Alive|
|29 October 2019||09:31||Near Lefthanders surfing spot||Smooth Stingray||150||Female||Alive|
|29 October 2019||15:32||Near Veryiuca Brook||Shortfin Mako||180||Unknown||Alive|