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Tailoring codend mesh size to improve the size selectivity of undifferentiated trawl species


Hunt, DE and Maynard, DL and Gaston, TF, Tailoring codend mesh size to improve the size selectivity of undifferentiated trawl species, Fisheries Management and Ecology, 21, (6) pp. 503-508. ISSN 0969-997X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/fme.12099


Tiger flathead, Neoplatycephalus richardsoni (Castelnau), and sand flathead, Platycephalus bassensis Cuvier, are undifferentiated and managed with a common legal minimum length (LML). The Commonwealth Trawl Sector (CTS) and the Tasmanian Danish-seine fishery (TDSF) use a minimum codend mesh sizes of 90 and 70 mm, respectively. The codend mesh size should be tailored to the LML, which is based on the length of first maturity of females (M50). This study found the length–girth relationship of N. richardsoni and P. bassensis was not significantly different. Using the covered codend method, these two species had 50% retention lengths (L50) of 294 ± 2 and 307 ± 3 mm, in 70-mm and 90-mm codends, respectively. L50 estimates for mesh sizes from this study and others produced a curvilinear relationship: = 120 ln(x) − 214, with an r2 of 0.8504. The size at maturity (M50) for female N. richardsoni was 337 mm, which is larger than the estimate for female P. bassensis (247 mm). There is a mismatch between the estimates of L50, the estimates of M50 and the LMLs in each fishery, leading to suboptimal exploitation of female Platycephalus. The model produced in this paper recommends a codend mesh size of 98 mm for both fisheries to exploit Platycephalus species sustainably.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:flathead, legal minimum length, length–girth correlation, maturity, selectivity estimates, size-at maturity
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food 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 - recreational freshwater
UTAS Author:Hunt, DE (Ms Darcie Hunt)
ID Code:98875
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2015-03-05
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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