1 June - 30 June 2017

Report period: 1 June - 30 June 2017

During June 2017, SMART drumlines were deployed for totals of 11 and 18 days at Ballina-Lennox Head and Evans Head, respectively. The average number of hours that SMART drumlines were deployed at each location varied daily depending on ocean conditions from 9:04h and 8:45h at Ballina-Lennox Head and Evans Head, respectively. Rough ocean conditions coupled with flooding from the Richmond and Evans Head rivers minimised the number of days that boats could work safely at sea.

On the 5 June, the number of SMART drumlines deployed daily increased from 15 to 20 at Ballina-Lennox and 10 to 15 at Evans Head. This included two extra SMART drumlines at Lennox Head and one at Sharpes Beach, Shelly Beach and South Ballina Beach between Ballina and Lennox Head, four at Airforce Beach and one at Main Beach at Evans Head.

Total catches

A total of 17 target sharks were caught in June; 16 White Sharks, (6 males and 10 females), and one female Bull Shark (Table 1).

Two non-target sharks were caught including one female Greynurse Shark and one unidentified male Whaler Shark (Table 1).

All animals were released alive.

On six occasions alerts had no catch with the bait fully intact when the contractor arrived.

Table 1. The date and time of capture of species and their sizes (total length in m), sex and status during the month of June 2017.
BeachDateTimeSpecies Size (TL) and sex Status at release
Ballina to Lennox Head     
Lennox Head Beach 29/06/2017 10:35 White Shark 2.8; Male Alive
Sharpes Beach 24/06/2017  13:32 Bull Shark 1.9; Female Alive
Angels Beach 23/06/2017
26/06/2017
15:20
13:47
Whaler - unidentified
White Shark
1.0; Male
2.4; Male 
Alive

Alive
Shelly Beach 24/06/2017 10:45 White Shark 2.3; Male Alive
South Ballina Beach 07/06/2017 07:46
25/06/2017 11:49 
07:46
11:49
White Shark 2.6; Female
2.7; Female 
Alive
Evans Head     
Airforce Beach 23/06/2017 10:23 White Shark 2.2; Female Alive
Main Beach 04/06/2017 09:30
04/06/2017 09:41 
22/06/2017 15:35
29/06/2017 07:49
30/06/2017 09:35 
09:30
09:41 
15:35
07:49
09:35
White Shark
White Shark
White Shark
Greynurse Shark
White Shark         
2.6; Female
3.3; Female
2.6; Female
2.6; Female
2.5; Female
Alive
Alive
Alive
Alive
Alive
Shark Bay to Joggly Point 01/06/2017 14:50
02/06/2017 11:00
07/06/2017 07:47
26/06/2017 15:35
28/06/2017 14:13
29/06/2017 12:09 
14:50
11:00
07:47
15:35
14:13
12:09
White Shark
White Shark
White Shark
White Shark
White Shark
White Shark
2.4; Male
2.2; Female
2.1; Female
2.4; Male
2.2; Female
2.5; Male
Alive
Alive
Alive
Alive
Alive
Alive
Table 2. Cumulative total of species caught on SMART Drumlines since December 2016 at Ballina/Lennox Head, and Evans Head

White Shark

Tiger Shark

Grey Nurse Shark

Bull Shark

Dusky Shark

Whaler - unidentified

 

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

Ballina to Lennox

Evans Head

8 Dec – 7 Jan 2017

4

5

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

8 Jan – 7 Feb 2017

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8 Feb – 7 Mar 2017

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8 Mar – 7 Apr 2017

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8 Apr – 7 May 2017

7a

3b

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

8 May - 31 May 2017

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1 June - 30 June 2017

5

11

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

TOTAL

12

25

2

1

0

3

3

0

0

1

1

0

a – 1 individual died

– 1 individual was found dead on Airforce Beach, Evans Head on May 12 after being tagged and released on May 7