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Exploration of CPUE standardisation variances in the Ross Sea (Subareas 88.1 and 88.2A South of 70°s) Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) exploratory longline fishery

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Maschette, D and Wotherspoon, S and Ziegler, P, Exploration of CPUE standardisation variances in the Ross Sea (Subareas 88.1 and 88.2A South of 70 s) Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) exploratory longline fishery, CCAMLR WG-SAM, 31 May 2019, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. WG-SAM-2019/25. (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Catch rates or catch per unit of effort (CPUE) are used for data-poor exploratory fisheries without integrated assessments in the CPUE by seabed area method to estimate stock biomass in the interim of collecting sufficient tag recaptures. Here, we address the two questions: (1) which unit of effort should be used for catch rates in mixed longline fisheries, and (2) how do different parameters such as gear type, vessel, fishing season, month, bait, fishing depth and area affect estimates of trend and magnitude of catch rates.

Using data from the Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish fishery, we compared effort units including length of line (km), total number of hooks per line, and a combination of total number of hooks per line for autoline and Spanish line and total number of clusters for trotline (hooks/cluster) with Generalised Linear Models (GLMs). The model with total hook numbers was preferred with the lowest Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC), however standardised catch rates over the fishing season differed little between the models with the three effort units, so the effect of the choice of effort unit on the estimated standardised catch rates is small.

The parameters with the largest effects in the catch rate models were vessel, gear and bait, with vessels showing by far the largest effect size. This confirms previous advice that research fishing is conducted with a high level of spatial and temporal overlap between vessels and gear types to allow for a meaningful standardisation of variables such as catch rates.

To assist in future quality checking of data, we also recommend a new reporting field in the C2 form for the number of droplines per line deployed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:CPUE, CCAMLR, toothfish
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)
UTAS Author:Wotherspoon, S (Dr Simon Wotherspoon)
ID Code:137160
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-02-03
Last Modified:2020-02-19
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