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Seasonal occurrence and population structure of the broadnose sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus in coastal habitats of south-east Tasmania

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Barnett, A and Stevens, JD and Frusher, SD and Semmens, JM, Seasonal occurrence and population structure of the broadnose sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus in coastal habitats of south-east Tasmania, Journal of Fish Biology, 77, (7) pp. 1688-1701. ISSN 0022-1112 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02810.x

Abstract

Research longline sampling was conducted seasonally from December 2006 to February 2009 to investigate the occurrence and population structure of the broadnose sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus in coastal areas of south-east Tasmania. Notorynchus cepedianus showed a consistent temporal trend in seasonal occurrence in Norfolk Bay characterized by high abundances in summer to near absence in winter. This pattern was less pronounced in the Derwent Estuary, where fish were still caught during winter. The absence of smaller total length (LT) classes (<80 cm) from the catches suggests that N. cepedianus are not using these coastal habitats as nursery areas. Of the 457 individuals tagged, 68 (15%) were recaptured. Time at liberty ranged from 6 days to almost 4 years and all but one of the recaptures were caught in its original tagging location, suggesting site fidelity. The large number of N. cepedianus in these coastal systems over summer indicates that these areas are important habitats for this species and that N. cepedianus may have a significant influence on community dynamics through both direct and indirect predator–prey interactions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:apex predator,CPUE,habitat use,shark nursery,tag and recapture
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Author:Barnett, A (Dr Adam Barnett)
Author:Frusher, SD (Professor Stewart Frusher)
Author:Semmens, JM (Associate Professor Jayson Semmens)
ID Code:66523
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2011-02-01
Last Modified:2011-03-22
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