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Movement of tagged juvenile tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) in Moreton Bay, Queensland

Morton, R.M. and Halliday, I. and Cameron, D. (1993) Movement of tagged juvenile tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) in Moreton Bay, Queensland. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 44 (6). pp. 811-816.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF9930811

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

Large quantities of tailor, Pomatomus saltatrix, are caught by recreational and commercial fishers in coastal waters off New South Wales and Queensland. Juvenile tailor were subject to increasing fishing mortality in Moreton Bay (Queensland) in the mid 1980s. A tagging programme, involving State Government fisheries biologists and amateur fishing clubs, was established in 1986 to examine the movement, growth rate and fisheries exploitation of juvenile tailor (<270 mm fork length) in Moreton Bay. Of 2173 juvenile tailor tagged in Moreton Bay during February-July and December 1987, 237 were recaptured over a period of 30 months, representing a recapture rate of 11%. This was a high recapture rate compared with those in similar finfish tagging studies carried out in Moreton Bay. The recaptured fish moved relatively short distances (mean plus or minus s.d., 10.2 plus or minus 15.0 km; maximum distance, 85 km). Growth data were unreliable. Estuaries such as Moreton Bay function as nursery areas for tailor prior to their movement onto open surf beaches as adult fish. A legal minimum length for tailor was introduced on the basis of this study.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from © CSIRO Publishing. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Tagging; estuarine fisheries; recreational fishing; fisheries exploitation.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery for individual species
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Deposited On:07 Jul 2004
Last Modified:07 Sep 2010 05:31

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