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Predictive mapping of abalone fishing grounds using remotely-sensed LiDAR and commercial catch data


Jalali, MA and Ierodiaconou, D and Monk, J and Gorfine, H and Rattray, A, Predictive mapping of abalone fishing grounds using remotely-sensed LiDAR and commercial catch data, Fisheries Research, 169 pp. 26-36. ISSN 0165-7836 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.04.009


Defining the geographic extent of suitable fishing grounds at a scale relevant to resource exploitation for commercial benthic species can be problematic. Bathymetric light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems provide an opportunity to enhance ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies for coastally distributed benthic fisheries. In this study we define the spatial extent of suitable fishing grounds for the blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra) along 200 linear kilometers of coastal waters for the first time, demonstrating the potential for integration of remotely-sensed data with commercial catch information. Variables representing seafloor structure, generated from airborne bathymetric LiDAR were combined with spatially-explicit fishing event data, to characterize the geographic footprint of the western Victorian abalone fishery, in south-east Australia. A MaxEnt modeling approach determined that bathymetry, rugosity and complexity were the three most important predictors in defining suitable fishing grounds (AUC = 0.89). Suitable fishing grounds predicted by the model showed a good relationship with catch statistics within each sub-zone of the fishery, suggesting that model outputs may be a useful surrogate for potential catch.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LiDAR, MaxEnt, habitat suitability model, commercial abalone fishing, Haliotis rubra
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
ID Code:100809
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-05-29
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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