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RECREATIONAL GILLNETTING in TASMANIA - An evaluation of fishing practices and catch and effort

Lead Agency: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Funding: $50,600 Start Date: 1st October 2009, End Date: 30th June 2011 The project will comprise two components: the first will be a description of how recreational net fishing practices have changed in relation to management changes and target species availability; the second component will focus on participation, intensity of fishing, catch rates, and catch by netting for the 2009/10 licensing year.

Objectives:

1. Describe how net fishers have responded in their fishing practices to recent management changes.

2. Assess recreational gillnet catch (including by-catch) and effort levels by region and season.

This research project has been completed and the report is available on our Communications page.

STUDYING THE SPAWNING DYNAMICS OF STRIPED TRUMPETER

Lead Agency: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Funding: $ 31,000

Start Date: 1st July 2010 End Date: 30th June 2011

Objectives:

1. Describe regional variations in the spawning dynamics of striped trumpeter, including; the onset and duration of the spawning season along the East Coast of Tasmania, regional variation in the age at maturity, size specific sexual maturity.

2. Develop yield and spawner per recruit models to assess minimum and maximum size limit scenarios - optimise size limit management regulations.

This research project has been completed and the report is available on our Communications page.