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Population dynamics and life-history plasticity of mackerel icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari) within the vicinity of Heard Island and the McDonald Islands

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Maschette, D and Welsford, D, Population dynamics and life-history plasticity of mackerel icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari) within the vicinity of Heard Island and the McDonald Islands, The Kerguelen Plateau: marine ecosystem and fisheries. Proceedings of the Second Symposium, 13-14 November 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 255-258. ISBN 9781876934309 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Mackerel icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari) are found associated with sub-Antarctic islands and continental shelves in the Atlantic and Indian sectors of the Southern Ocean between the Polar Front and the Southern Boundary of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Mackerel icefish are one of the most common fishes encountered across the shallow (<500 m) Kerguelen Plateau north of 60S. The species was targeted in this area by unregulated fisheries in the 1970s until fishing ceased due to low catch rates, the declaration of the French exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Iles Kerguelen and the Australian Fishing Zone around Heard and McDonald Islands (HIMI). Commercial fishing of mackerel icefish by Australian vessels at HIMI commenced in 1997 and continues to this day. Catches are characterised by high interannual variability, due in large part to the population being dominated by a single year class, resulting from recruitment that occurs on a three-year cycle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:bycatch
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Fisheries Management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Maschette, D (Mr Dale Maschette)
ID Code:133806
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2019-07-11
Last Modified:2019-07-11
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