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Catch and Effort of the Shore and Skiboat Linefisheries Along the South African Eastern Cape Coast


Brouwer, SL and Buxton, CD, Catch and Effort of the Shore and Skiboat Linefisheries Along the South African Eastern Cape Coast, South African Journal of Marine Science, 24, (1) pp. 341-354. ISSN 0257-7615 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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An assessment of catch and effort in the Eastern Cape shore and skiboat line fisheries was undertaken between 1994 and 1996 by means of roving creel and access point surveys. Catch-and-effort data were obtained from direct observation of 3 273 shore-fishers, 172 recreational and 223 commercial skiboat outings. Total effort in the region was high at 903 186 fisher-days year-1 in the shore fishery and 64 266 and 24 357 fisher-days year-1 in the commercial and recreational skiboat sectors respectively. The fisheries are multispecies in nature. The shore fishery consisted of 66 species, the recreational skiboat fishery 44 species and the commercial skiboat fishery 48 species. Just 10 species accounted for 75, 83 and 90% of the catch of the shore, recreational and commercial skiboat fishery respectively. The average catch per unit effort (cpue) was low in all sectors, 1.15 kg fisher-1 day-1 in the shore fishery, 9.4 kg fisher-1 day-1 in the recreational skiboat fishery and 21.5 kg fisher-1 day-1 in the commercial skiboat fishery. Catch data showed that professional and club anglers are more successful fishers. Comparisons with historic records for Port Elizabeth revealed that the cpue in the shore fishery had declined markedly, whereas the total effort increase was negligible (0.1%). In addition, the species composition of the fishery has changed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Buxton, CD (Professor Colin Buxton)
ID Code:25931
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2010-01-21
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