SMART Drumline Catch Report
During October 2020, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 20 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 11 days.
During October 2020, no target species (white sharks) were caught. Eight 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 October 2020 SMART buoys were activated 29 times, with an average response time of 14 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. However, this was a false alarm and there was no hooked animal upon checking the SDL.
TABLE 1. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) TARGET SPECIES CATCH DETAILS FOR OCTOBER 2020.
*No target species caught
TABLE 2. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) NON-TARGET SPECIES CATCH DETAILS FOR OCTOBER 2020.
|Date||Time||SDL Location||Species||Total length (cm)||Sex||Status|
|13 October 2020||08:34||near Ellensbrook Beach, south of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||290||F||Alive|
|13 October 2020||14:59||near North Point Beach, north of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||250||F||Alive|
|14 October 2020||09:07||near Lefthanders Surfing Spot, south of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||240||M||Alive|
|18 October 2020||09:29||near Hangmans Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||410||F||Alive|
|23 October 2020||10:12||near Cobblestones Surfing Spot, south of Gracetown||Bronze Whaler||232||M||Alive|
|23 October 2020||10:37||near Hangmans Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||312||F||Alive|
|24 October 2020||12:28||near Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||333||M||Alive|
|25 October 2020||12:55||near North Point Beach, north of Gracetown||Tiger Shark||310||M||Alive|