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Spatial variation in mortality by in-pot predation in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery


Briceno, F and Leon, R and Gardner, C and Hobday, AJ and Andre, J and Frusher, SD and Pecl, GT, Spatial variation in mortality by in-pot predation in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery, Fisheries Oceanography, 25, (Suppl 1) pp. 6-18. ISSN 1054-6006 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/fog.12115


The capture of target species using pots or traps can be affected by interactions that occur inside fishing gear. In the Tasmanian southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) fishery (SRLF), predation by octopus is known to vary spatially, assumed to be in response to different environmental and ecological conditions. However, these effects are not well understood and there is concern that changes in the system, as a result of climate change, may alter the spatial distribution and extent of octopus predation. Using fishery-dependent commercial time series data (20002011), we first examined how in-pot lobster mortality by octopus predation varied across fishing areas at inter- and intra-annual scales. These spatial and temporal patterns were examined using dynamic regression models (DRM) using lagged variables of lobster abundance (lobster catch per unit effort, CPUE), fishing effort (potlifts) and environmental variables (sea surface temperature, SST). This demonstrated that in-pot mortality in most areas was strongly affected by the current lobster CPUE (indicating an instantaneous direct impact), whereas fishing effort and SST differed spatially in terms of lag selection and correlation sign. Most eastern Tasmanian areas showed a stronger effect of fishing effort rather than SST, with the opposite pattern along the west coast. We provide the first classification of SRLF stock assessment areas based on predation risk level and identify the explanatory fishing and environmental factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dynamic regression models, in-pot mortality by predation, rock lobster-octopus (Jasus edwardsii) interaction, Tasmania, time series analysis
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught rock lobster
UTAS Author:Briceno, F (Mr Filipe Briceno)
UTAS Author:Leon, R (Mr Rafael Leon)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
UTAS Author:Andre, J (Dr Jessica Andre)
UTAS Author:Frusher, SD (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:103298
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2015-10-02
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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