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SMART Drumline Catch Report

September 2020

Operation Summary

During September 2020, 10 SMART drumlines (SDL) were deployed during daylight hours for 11 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 19 days.

Catch Summary

During September 2020, no target species (white sharks) were caught. Three non-target sharks were caught, along with no other non-target species. All sharks were tagged and released and there were no recaptures recorded. 

Full details are listed in the table below.

Other Comments

During September 2020, SMART buoys were activated 13 times, with an average response time of 12 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 2020.

*No target species caught

TABLE 2. SMART DRUMLINE (SDL) NON-TARGET SPECIES CATCH DETAILS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020. 

Date Time SDL Location Species Total Length (cm) Sex Status
14 Sep 2020 10:05 Near South Point Surfing Spot, Gracetown Shortfin Mako 150 M Alive
17 Sep 2020 10:57 Near Ellensbrook Beach, south of Gracetown Tiger Shark 335 F Alive
25 Sep 2020 15:44 Near Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown Tiger Shark 340 F Alive