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Combining passive integrated transponder tags with conventional T-bar tags to improve tag reporting rates in a rock lobster trap fishery


Frusher, SD and Hall, D and Burch, P and Gardner, C, Combining passive integrated transponder tags with conventional T-bar tags to improve tag reporting rates in a rock lobster trap fishery, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 43, (1) pp. 347-353. ISSN 0028-8330 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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The Royal Society of New Zealand 2009

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00288330909510005


Tag reporting rate is an important parameter required for estimating fishing and natural mortality in fished populations. It is an extremely difficult parameter to estimate and can vary both during the fishing season and between fishing years. Improving tag reporting rates has been identified as a cost-effective way of improving precision in fishing and natural mortality estimates derived from tagging data. In this study we evaluated the use of passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags to improve tag reporting rates in a lobster (Jasus edwardsii) trap fishery. To minimise the risk of PIT tag ingestion by consumers, we tested insertion of the PIT tag into the base of the antennae, the base of the walking leg, and the base of the telson. The base of the antennae proved to be the best option for lobster health although impacts were observed at all tag insertion sites. We further developed and tested a hybrid tag that combined a conventional external T-bar tag with a PIT tag embedded within the shaft. PIT tag scanners were positioned in bottlenecks in the capture process so that all lobsters retained on board the vessel were passed through a scanner. Thus, the tag reporting rate was expected to be 100% for the subsample of the fleet fitted with scanners when scanners were operational. Scanner malfunction was a major issue and further engineering solutions are required to ensure that scanners are reliable when working in harsh marine conditions such as on-board fishing vessels. Advantages of the hybrid tag are: the ability to be detected by both automatic detectors and fishers; known tag-induced mortality and tag loss rates from previous research; and PIT tagging without risk of human ingestion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:lobsters; mortality rates; Jasus edwardsii; hybrid tag; tag location
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:Wild caught prawns
UTAS Author:Frusher, SD (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Burch, P (Dr Paul Burch)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
ID Code:59070
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2009-11-17
Last Modified:2012-04-20
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