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Predation of trap-caught southern rock lobsters, Jasus edwardsii (Hutton, 1875), in Tasmanian waters by the Maori octopus, Octopus maorum (Hutton, 1880): Spatial and temporal trends

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Harrington, JJ and Semmens, JM and Gardner, C and Frusher, SD, Predation of trap-caught southern rock lobsters, Jasus edwardsii (Hutton, 1875), in Tasmanian waters by the Maori octopus, Octopus maorum (Hutton, 1880): Spatial and temporal trends, Fisheries Research, 77, (1) pp. 10 - 16. ISSN 0165-7836 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2005.09.003

Abstract

A long-term fisheries-independent data set was used to determine differences in the catch rates of the Maori octopus, Octopus maorum, and octopus-induced mortalities of southern rock lobsters, Jasus edwardsii, in lobster traps over a range of spatial and temporal (annual, seasonal and lunar cycle) scales in Tasmania, Australia. The impact of lobster catch rates on lobster mortality and octopus catch rates was also examined. Results indicated spatial variation in octopus catch rates, but no spatial variation in lobster mortality rates. No consistent annual or lunar cycle trends were evident for octopus catch rates or lobster mortality rates within the four lobster fishery assessment areas examined. An increase in octopus catch rates during summer and spring was found within all four areas, with areas 1 and 8 having a corresponding increase in lobster mortalities during these seasons. Lobster catch rates were found to have no influence on the catch rates of octopus or lobster mortalities. These results suggest that changing fishing practices over the various scales examined in this study would not be practical for minimising the impact of octopus predation on trap-caught lobsters within Tasmania. However, these results provide a fishery-independent estimate of octopus-induced within-trap mortality that will assist in future analysis of management strategies for the southern rock lobster fishery in Tasmania. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Invertebrate Biology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified
Author:Harrington, JJ (Mr Julian Harrington)
Author:Semmens, JM (Associate Professor Jayson Semmens)
Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
Author:Frusher, SD (Professor Stewart Frusher)
ID Code:42134
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-22
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