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Passive acoustic techniques to monitor aggregations of sound producing fish species

Parsons, M.J.G., Fairclough, D.V. and McCauley, R.D. (2015) Passive acoustic techniques to monitor aggregations of sound producing fish species. Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

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The project has been designed to assess the applicability of passive acoustic sampling to management of these commercially and/or recreationally important species, which may be useful for informing management agencies in their weight of evidence approach to assessing risks to stock of species and stock status. In particular, this project was designed to provide relative spawning aggregation size in mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) over multi-year scales by monitoring spawning vocalisations, which may be able to provide fishery-independent data useful in assessing their variation. In addition, the study aimed to explore the presence and habits of vocal behaviour in WA dhufish, snapper and black bream to determine whether passive acoustic methods could be used to investigate aspects of spawning aggregation behaviour in those species and thus also possibly fishery-independent monitoring.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Series Name: FRDC 2010/004
Publisher: Curtin University
Copyright: © 2015 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Notes: June 2015
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