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SMART Drumline Catch Report

September 2019

Operation Summary

During September 2019, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 17 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 13 days.

Catch Summary

During September 2019, no target species (White Sharks) were caught. Four non-target sharks were caught. All sharks were tagged and released alive. No recaptures were recorded.

Full details are listed in the table below.

Other Comments

During September 2019, SMART buoys were activated 13 times, with an average response time of nine (9) 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 September 2019

*No target species caught.

Table 2. SMART drumline (SDL) non-target species catch details for September 2019

Date Time SDL Location Species Total Length (cm) Sex Status
5 September 2019 12:34 Near Guillotine surfing spot Shortfin Mako 250 Unknown Alive
16 September 2019 10:47 Near Guillotine surfing spot Bronze Whaler 310 Female Alive
22 September 2019 10:12 Near North Point surfing spot Tiger Shark 370 Female Alive
23 September 2019 10:26 Near Guillotine surfing spot Tiger Shark 310 Female Alive