Compilation of information on the interaction of reef sharks with the reef line fishery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: final report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Heupel, M.R., Williams, A.J., Welch, D.J., Mapstone, B.D., Ballagh, A., and Simpfendorfer, C.A. (2008) Compilation of information on the interaction of reef sharks with the reef line fishery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: final report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Report. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] Three data sets were examined to define the level of interaction of reef associated sharks with the commercial Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery (CRFFF) within the Great Barrier Reef. Data were examined from; 1) fishery logbooks from 1989-2006; 2) an observer program within the fishery from 1996-1998; and 3) a fishery-independent survey, the Effects of Line Fishing (ELF) Experiment conducted from 1995-2005. The majority of the identified catch in the data sets was comprised of grey reef (62-72%), whitetip reef (16-29%) and blacktip reef (6-13%) sharks. Logbook data were inadequate for assessing the impact of the fishery on specific populations due to lack of species identification and sex or size data for landed sharks. In addition, no data were recorded in logbooks for hooked and released sharks. Logbook catch data revealed that reported landings of sharks were variable through time and across regions. Despite the observed variation, catch per unit effort was relatively stable through time and did not show any signs of increase or decline over the period for which data were available. The ongoing and consistent catches of reef sharks in the fishery may indicate that shark populations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park have remained relatively stable during the last two decades, though population status relative to unexploited levels could not be estimated. Although the CRFFF has a large fleet of vessels, the majority of shark catch appears to be landed by a small number of vessels.

Item ID: 27997
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISSN: 1037-1508
Keywords: sharks, fisheries, Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
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This is part of a monograph series (ISSN: 0155-8072), and has an individual ISBN: 978-1-876945-76-3

Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 04:35
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 33%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070402 Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment @ 33%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 34%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
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