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Investigation of movement and factors influencing post-release survival of line-caught coral reef fish using recreational tag-recapture data

Sumpton, W. and Mayer, D. and Brown, I. and Sawynok, B. and McLennan, M. and Butcher, A. and Kirkwood, J. (2008) Investigation of movement and factors influencing post-release survival of line-caught coral reef fish using recreational tag-recapture data. Fisheries Research, 92 (2-3). pp. 189-195.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2008.01.019

Publisher URL: http://www.elsevier.com

Abstract

Six species of line-caught coral reef fish (Plectropomus spp., Lethrinus miniatus, Lethrinus laticaudis, Lutjanus sebae, Lutjanus malabaricus and Lutjanus erythropterus) were tagged by members of the Australian National Sportsfishing Association (ANSA) in Queensland between 1986 and 2003. Of the 14,757 fish tagged, 1607 were recaptured and we analysed these data to describe movement and determine factors likely to impact release survival. All species were classified as residents since over 80% of recaptures for each species occurred within 1 km of the release site. Few individuals (range 0.8-5%) were recaptured more than 20 km from their release point. L. sebae had a higher recapture rate (19.9%) than the other species studied (range 2.1-11.7%). Venting swimbladder gases, regardless of whether or not fish appeared to be suffering from barotrauma, significantly enhanced (P < 0.05) the survival of L. sebae and L. malabaricus but had no significant effect (P > 0.05) on L. erythropterus. The condition of fish on release, subjectively assessed by anglers, was only a significant effect on recapture rate for L. sebae where fish in "fair" condition had less than half the recapture rate of those assessed as in "excellent" or "good" condition. The recapture rate of L. sebae and L. laticaudis was significantly (P < 0.05) affected by depth with recapture rate declining in depths exceeding 30 m. Overall, the results showed that depth of capture, release condition and treatment for barotrauma influenced recapture rate for some species but these effects were not consistent across all species studied. Recommendations were made to the ANSA tagging clubs to record additional information such as injury, hooking location and hook type to enable a more comprehensive future assessment of the factors influencing release survival.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Elsevier B.V.
Keywords:Barotrauma; depth; line fishery; movements; tagging.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Deposited On:03 Feb 2009 06:09
Last Modified:07 Sep 2010 06:57

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