eCite Digital Repository

Post-capture survival and implications for by-catch in a multi-species coastal gillnet fishery


Bell, JD and Lyle, JM, Post-capture survival and implications for by-catch in a multi-species coastal gillnet fishery, PLoS One, 11, (11) Article e0166632. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]


Copyright Statement

Copyright 2016 Bell, Lyle Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166632


As fisheries shift towards ecosystem-based management, the need to reduce impacts on by-catch has been increasingly recognised. In this study the catch composition, discard rate, and post-capture survival of species caught by gillnets in Tasmania, Australia, was investigated. Over half the commercial gillnet catch was discarded, with discard rates of ~20% for target and >80% for non-target species. Capture condition, including initial mortality, was assessed using simple criteria for a range of species and related to soak duration. Delayed mortality was also assessed using tank trials and related to capture condition. By combining initial and delayed mortality rates post-capture survival was estimated. Longer soak durations generally resulted in slight, but significant, declines in capture condition and lower initial survival. Nonetheless, when combined with delayed survival, four of the five most commonly caught species (Cheilodactylus spectabilis, Latridopsis forsteri, Aplodactylus arctidens, Cephaloscyllium laticeps) exhibited high post-capture survival (83100%) for soak durations within the maximum regulated range. Post-capture survival of the one remaining commonly caught species, Notolabrus tetricus, (typically discarded) declined with increased soak duration from 84% to 62%, suggesting that this species would benefit from a further reduction in maximum soak duration. Initial and delayed survival rates for the species retained for tank trials exhibited a significant linear relationship, which was used to estimate delayed survival rates for the rarer species. This method enabled the estimation of potential post-capture survival rates for a diverse range of species and may have application in other data-limited situations where the relationships between fishing practices and by-catch survival are uncertain. Overall, our results suggest that soak duration regulation has been effective in reducing by-catch mortality for many species, noting that some species have low survival rates regardless of soak duration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gillnets, by-catch, by-catch survival
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 fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Bell, JD (Dr Justin Bell)
UTAS Author:Lyle, JM (Associate Professor Jeremy Lyle)
ID Code:112983
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2016-12-07
Last Modified:2018-03-20
Downloads:96 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page