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Improving mortality rate estimates for management of the Queensland saucer scallop fishery

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Courtney, A. J., Daniell, J., French, S., Leigh, G. M., Yang, W.-H., Campbell, M. J., McLennan, M. F., Baker, K., Sweetland, T., Woof, E., Robinson, R., Mizukami, I. and Mulroy, E. (2021) Improving mortality rate estimates for management of the Queensland saucer scallop fishery. Project Report. FRDC.


Article Link: https://www.frdc.com.au/project?id=2991


This research was undertaken on the Queensland saucer scallop (Ylistrum balloti) fishery in southeast Queensland, which is an important component of the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery (QECOTF). The research was undertaken by a collaborative team from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, James Cook University (JCU) and the Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics (CARM), University of Queensland and focused on 1) an annual fishery-independent trawl survey of scallop abundance, 2) relationships between scallop abundance and physical properties of the seafloor, and 3) deriving an updated estimate of the scallop’s natural mortality rate. The scallop fishery used to be one of the state’s most valuable commercially fished stocks with the annual catch peak at just under 2000 t (adductor muscle meat-weight) in 1993 valued at about $30 million, but in recent years the stock has declined and is currently considered to be overfished. Results from the study are used to improve monitoring, stock assessment and management advice for the fishery.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final Report
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Shellfish fisheries
Live Archive:18 Mar 2021 01:10
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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