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Informing risk assessment through estimating interaction rates between Australian sea lions and Western Australia’s temperate demersal gillnet fisheries.

Hesp, S.A., Tweedley, J.R., McAuley, R., Tink, C.J., Campbell, R.A., Chuwen, B.M. and Hall, N.G. (2012) Informing risk assessment through estimating interaction rates between Australian sea lions and Western Australia’s temperate demersal gillnet fisheries. Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University

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Abstract

The information produced by this study will be of value to industry and managers for at least the following reasons. Firstly, the completion of this research satisfies part of condition 5(a) of the fisheries Wildlife Trade Operation accreditation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) that allows for continued export from WA’s temperate demersal gillnet fisheries, i.e. “to undertake a study to estimate risk of interactions between (gillnet) fishers and Australian sea lions” in WA. The information generated by this study will be used by the Department of Fisheries, WA, to investigate the appropriateness and design of a future observer program for monitoring ASL/fishery interactions and potentially for developing strategies for mitigating any risks posed to individual ASL colonies by gillnetting. Secondly, the model and information developed during this project could assist WA’s commercial gillnet fisheries to pursue Marine Stewardship Council accreditation to demonstrate the ecological sustainability of this regionally important fishery. Lastly, the information produced by this study will be relevant to imminent discussions on marine park planning in WA.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Series Name: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Report FRDC Project 2009/096
Publisher: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University
Copyright: © Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Murdoch University 2012
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9392
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