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Dispersal of an exploited demersal fish species (Argyrosomus japonicus, Sciaenidae) inferred from satellite telemetry


Barnes, TC and Rogers, PJ and Wolf, Y and Madonna, A and Holman, D and Ferguson, GJ and Hutchinson, W and Loiser, A and Sortino, D and Sumner, M and Gillanders, BM, Dispersal of an exploited demersal fish species (Argyrosomus japonicus, Sciaenidae) inferred from satellite telemetry, Marine Biology, 166 Article 125. ISSN 0025-3162 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00227-019-3575-4


Mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) are an iconic recreational, indigenous, and commercial fishery species with declining numbers across some parts of their range, with relatively little known about their movements. During the Austral summers and autumns from 2011 to 2014, we deployed 19 pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) on mature mulloway at an aggregation site within the Great Australian Bight Marine Park (GABMP), to examine their movement patterns. Twelve tags provided data from deployments ranging from 8 to 110ádays including five tags that gathered data over autumn and seven over summer. Five of the seven mulloway tagged during summer likely remained in the vicinity of the tagging location and hence within or in close proximity to marine-protected areas (MPAs) over summer; however, relatively large horizontal movements were observed over autumn for most fish, including a maximum net displacement of ~ 550ákm. The median pop-up distance from deployment was 51 and 212ákm for summer-and autumn-tagged fish, respectively. Depths encountered by the tagged mulloway ranged from the surface to 56.5ám deep. Our study provides new information on the dispersal of a poorly understood fish species which could aid their conservation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:satellite telemetry, fish, life history, marine parks
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Barnes, TC (Dr Thomas Barnes)
ID Code:137699
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-02-27
Last Modified:2020-07-30

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