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River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery Level 1 Ecological Risk Assessment

Walton, L., Jacobsen, I. and Zeller, B. (2019) River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery Level 1 Ecological Risk Assessment. Technical Report. State of Queensland, Brisbane.

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Abstract

The Queensland Ecological Risk Assessment Guideline (the Guideline) was released in March 2018 as part of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017–2027. This Guideline provides an overview of strategy being employed to develop Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) for Queensland’s fisheries. The Guideline describes a four-stage framework consisting of a Scoping Study; a Level 1, whole of fishery qualitative assessment; a Level 2, species-specific semi-quantitative or low-data quantitative assessment and; a Level 3 quantitative assessment (if applicable).
The aim of the Level 1 ERA is to produce a broad risk profile for each fishery using a qualitative ERA method described by Astles et al. (2006). The method considers a range of factors including the current fishing environment (e.g. current catch, effort and licensing trends), limitations of the current management arrangements (e.g. transfer of effort to already saturated markets, substantial increases in fishing mortality for key species, changing target species) and life-history constraints of the species being assessed. In the River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery the Level 1 ERA assessed fishing related risks to 15 ecological components including target & byproduct species, bycatch, marine turtles, sea snakes, crocodiles, dugongs, cetaceans, protected teleosts, batoids, sharks, syngnathids, seabirds, terrestrial mammals, marine habitats and ecosystem processes.
Based on the outputs of the Level 1 ERA, information gaps related to the target & byproduct, bycatch, batoids and marine habitats ecological components will be put forward to the Monitoring and Research Plan. The River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery will not be progressed to a finer-scale Level 2 ERA.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Fisheries Queensland
Keywords:Beam Trawl; River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery; Bay prawn; Prawn; ERA; Ecological Risk Assessment; Level 1
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery resources
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Deposited On:19 Feb 2020 23:21
Last Modified:19 Feb 2020 23:21

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