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Deepwater chondrichthyan bycatch of the eastern king prawn fishery in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Rigby, CL and White, WT and Simpendorfer, CA, Deepwater chondrichthyan bycatch of the eastern king prawn fishery in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, PLoS One, 11, (5) Article e0156036. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: 2016 Rigby et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156036

Abstract

The deepwater chondrichthyan fauna of the Great Barrier Reef is poorly known and life history information is required to enable their effective management as they are inherently vulnerable to exploitation. The chondrichthyan bycatch from the deepwater eastern king prawn fishery at the Swain Reefs in the southern Great Barrier Reef was examined to determine the species present and provide information on their life histories. In all, 1533 individuals were collected from 11 deepwater chondrichthyan species, with the Argus skate Dipturus polyommata, piked spurdog Squalus megalops and pale spotted catshark Asymbolus pallidus the most commonly caught. All but one species is endemic to Australia with five species restricted to waters offshore from Queensland. The extent of life history information available for each species varied but the life history traits across all species were characteristic of deep water chondrichthyans with relatively large length at maturity, small litters and low ovarian fecundity; all indicative of low biological productivity. However, variability among these traits and spatial and bathymetric distributions of the species suggests differing degrees of resilience to fishing pressure. To ensure the sustainability of these bycatch species, monitoring of their catches in the deepwater eastern king prawn fishery is recommended.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Great Barrier Reef, king prawn, fisheries, Swain Reefs, chondrichthyan, bycatch,
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:118397
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
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Deposited On:2017-07-11
Last Modified:2017-10-17
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