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Quantifying long-term discards from Queensland’s (Australia) east Coast otter trawl fishery

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Wang, N., Courtney, A. J., Campbell, M. J. and Yang, W.-H. (2020) Quantifying long-term discards from Queensland’s (Australia) east Coast otter trawl fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77 (2). pp. 680-691. ISSN 1054-3139


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsz205

Publisher URL: https://academic.oup.com/icesjms/advance-article/doi/10.1093/icesjms/fsz205/5644309


This article estimated the weight of annual discards in the Queensland east coast otter trawl fishery. Discards data were analysed using three generalized linear mixed models to derive adjusted discard rates, expressed as kg per retained catch, kg per boat day, and kg per area swept by trawls, respectively. Model explanatory terms included trawl fishing sector, presence/absence of bycatch reduction devices (BRDs), lunar phase, and whether the data were obtained from commercial vessels during their normal fishing activities or during research charters. Adjusted discard rates were then used to derive three estimates of annual discards and the average used to examine a long-term discard trends from 1988 to 2014. Total discards declined significantly from a peak of approximately 67 000 t in 1997 to approximately 21 000 t from 2011 to 2014, largely due to a decline in fishing effort, and to a lesser degree, the effects of BRDs that were mandated in the fishery in the early 2000s.
Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2019

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Additional Information:Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2019
Keywords:BRD, bycatch reduction devices, discard rates, fishing effort, prawns, saucer scallops, swept area, trawl bycatch, trawl discards
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
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery technology
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Methods and gear. Catching of fish
Live Archive:02 Dec 2019 23:49
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:45

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