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Environmental and biological aspects of the mass mortality of pilchards (Autumn 1995) in Western Australia

Fletcher, W.J., Jones, B.ORCID: 0000-0002-0773-2007, Pearce, A.F. and Hosja, W. (1997) Environmental and biological aspects of the mass mortality of pilchards (Autumn 1995) in Western Australia. Fisheries Department of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.

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Abstract

The first pilchard deaths were reported in South Australia during March 1995 in the eastern region of the Great Australian Bight. Subsequently, dead pilchards were found both east and west of this point source moving in a 'bushfire-like' front at an average of 3Q km/day. By early May the fronts had reached Albany in Western Australia f0il A) and Bass Strait in Victoria. They continued moving up both coasts, reaching Carnarvon f0il A) and Noosa Heads (Queensland) by the end of June, thereby affecting pilchards throughout their entire Australian distribution (6700 km). In early June, a similar pattern of deaths began to occur in the north of New Zealand...

Item Type: Report
Series Name: Fisheries Research Report [Western Australia] No. 106
Publisher: Fisheries Department of Western Australia
Publishers Website: http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42913
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