8 Feb 2017 - 7 Mar 2017

Report period: 8 Feb - 7 Mar 2017

During the third month (8 February 2017 – 7 March 2017) of the NSW North Coast Shark Meshing Trial, SMART drumlines were deployed for totals of 19 and 20 days at Evans Head and Ballina-Lennox Head, respectively (Table 1). The mean number of hours that SMART drumlines were deployed at each location varied daily depending on ocean conditions (Table 1). No alerts were recorded from the SMART drumlines and no animals were caught during this period (Tables 1 and 2).

Table 1: The mean number of SMART drumlines deployed each day, number of days that the SMART drumlines were deployed, the mean and range of hours SMART drumlines were deployed each day and the number of alerts between 8 February 2017 and 7 March 2017.

Location

Mean number of SMART drumlines deployed daily

Number of days deployed

Mean and range of deployment hours

(hours : minutes)

No. of alerts

Reason for alert

Evans Head

10

19

7:24   (4:27 to 11:14)

0

N/A

Ballina - Lennox Head

15

20

7:27  (3:35 to 10:00)

0

N/A

Table 2: Cumulative total of species caught and released on SMART drumlines during each reporting month of the NSW North Coast Shark Meshing Trial.

White Shark

Tiger Shark

Greynurse Shark

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

8 Jan – 7 Feb 2017

4

1

0

0

0

0

8 Feb – 7 Mar 2017

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

8

6

2

0

0

2