BUTCHER, Paul

Paul Butcher

Research interests

  • Shark management and shark fisheries
  • Drones
  • Recreational fisheries - catch-and-release science
  • Marine Parks
  • Ecology of saltwater and freshwater fish and crustaceans

Background

Paul Butcher is a Senior Research Scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries based at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.  Paul has been a member of the fisheries research team since 2004 involving research into commercial and recreational fishing gear.  More recently Paul has been the lead scientist on the NSW Governments Shark Management Strategy. This highly political, social and science driven project includes tagging and tracking White, Tiger and Bull Sharks and using new technologies like SMART drumlines, drones and tagging/tracking to minimise the chance of human interactions with sharks on coastal beaches. He is also involved in genetics projects to quantifying the size of the east coast White Shark population as well as eDNA to detect white sharks. Paul is also involved in research to determine if burying whale carcasses on coastal beaches is likely to attract sharks and is heavily involved in drone research involving tracking/detecting sharks, assessing biodiversity off coastal beaches, quantifying beach usage and for use in fisheries compliance. Paul also has a large number of students from various universities in Australia and overseas working on his projects

Qualifications

  • B. Nat. Res (hons) (Natural Resource Management) – University of New England, Armidale, 2000
  • PhD (Marine parks/mud crabs) – University of New England (Coffs Harbour) 2004

Recent publications

Scientific papers or books

  1. Butcher P, Piddocke T, Colefax A, Hoade B, Peddemors V, Borg L, and Cullis, C (2019). Beach safety: can drones provide a platform for sighting sharks? Wildlife Research
  2. Provost E, Butcher P, Colefax A, Coleman M, Curley B, and Kelaher B (2019). The application of UAVs to inform coastal area management. In: Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing - UAS for Environmental Applications.  David R. Green (editor). Invited book chapter.
  3. Tate R, Cullis B. Smith S, Kelaher B, Brand C, Gallen C, Mandelman J, and Butcher P (accepted May 2019). White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) display minimal short-term physiological stress responses after capture on SMART drumlines. Conservation Physiology.
  4. Lee K, Smoothey A, Harcourt R, Roughan M, Butcher P, and Peddemors V (accepted May 2019). Environmental drivers of abundance and residency of a large migratory shark, Carcharhinus leucas, inshore of a dynamic western boundary current. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  5. Bloom D, Butcher P, Colefax A, Provost E, Cullis B and Kelaher B (2019). Drones detect illegal and derelict crab traps in a shallow water estuary. Fisheries Management and Ecology. Early online.
  6. Pazmiño D, van Herderden L, Simpfendorfer C, Junge C, Donnellan S, Hoyos-Padilla M, Duffy C, Huveneers C, Gillanders B, Butcher P, and Maes G (2019). Introgressive hybridisation between two widespread sharks in the east Pacific region. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 136, 119-127.
  7. Colefax A, Butcher P, Pagendam D, and Kelaher K (2019). Reliability of marine faunal detections in drone-based monitoring. Ocean and Coastal Management 174, 108-115.
  8. Tucker J, Vercoe B, Santos I, Dujmovic M, and Butcher P (2019). Whale carcass scavenging by sharks. Global Ecology and Conservation. Early online.
  9. Tucker J, Santos I, Davis K, and Butcher P (2019). Whale carcass leachate plumes in beach groundwater: A potential shark attractant to the surf? Marine pollution bulletin 140, 219-222.
  10. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, and Millar R (2019). Fate of yellowfin bream, Acanthopagrus australis after ingesting offset and/or inline barbed and barbless J and circle hooks. Fisheries Research 211, 183-190.
  11. Junge C, Donnellan S, Huveneers C. Bradshaw C, Simon A, Drew M, Duffy C, Johnson G, Cliff G, Braccini M, Cutmore S, Butcher P, McAuley R, Peddemors V, Rogers P, and Gillanders B (2019). Comparative population genomics confirms little population structure in two commercially targeted carcharhinid sharks. Marine Biology 166:16.
  12. Provost E, Butcher P, Colefax A, Coleman M, Curley B, and Kelaher B (2019). Using drones to quantify beach users across a range of environmental conditions. Journal of Coastal Conservation 98.
  13. Kelaher B, Colefax A, Tagliafico A, Bishop M, Giles A, and Butcher P (2019). Assessing variation in assemblages of large marine fauna off ocean beaches using drones. Marine and Freshwater Research 75, 1-8.
  14. Harry A, Butcher P, Macbeth W, Morgan J, Taylor S, and Geraghty P (2019). Life history of the common blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, from central eastern Australia and comparative demography of a cryptic shark complex. Marine and Freshwater Research 70, 834-848.
  15. Tucker J, Santos I, Crocetti S, and Butcher P (2018). Whale carcass strandings on beaches: Management challenges, research needs, and examples from Australia. Ocean and Coastal Management 163, 323-338.
  16. Harayashiki C, Reichelt-Brushett A, Butcher P, and Benkendorff K (2018). Ingestion of inorganic mercury by juvenile black tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) alters biochemical markers. Ecotoxicology, 27, 1225-1236.
  17. Huveneers C, Apps K, Becerril-García E, Bruce B, Butcher P, Carlisle A, Chapple T, Christiansen H, Cliff G, Curtis T, Daly-Engel T, Dewar H, Dicken M, Domeier M, Duffy C, Ford R, Francis M, French G, Galván-Magaña F, García-Rodríguez E, Gennari E, Graham B, Hayden B, Hoyos-Padilla E, Hussey N, Jewell O, Jorgensen S, Kock A, Lowe C, Lyons K, Meyer L, Oelofse G, Oñate-González E, Oosthuizen H, O’Sullivan J, Ramm K, Skomal G, Sloan S, Smale M, Sosa-Nishizaki O, Sperone E, Tamburin E, Towner A, Wcisel M, Weng K and Werry J (2018) Future research directions on the “Elusive” White Shark. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, 108-115.
  18. Macbeth W, Butcher P, Collins D, McGrath S, Provost S, Bowling A, Peddemors V, and Geraghty P (2018). Improving the reliability of logbook catch reporting by commercial fishers in an Australian demersal longline shark fishery. Fisheries Management and Ecology 25, 186-202.
  19. Hall K, Broadhurst M, Butcher P, Cameron L., Rowland S, and Millar R (2017). Sublethal effects of angling and release on golden perch Macquaria ambigua: implications for reproduction and fish health. Journal of Fish Biology 90, 1980-1998.
  20. Colefax A, Butcher P, and Kelaher B (2018). The potential for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct aerial marine fauna surveys in place of manned aircraft. ICES Journal of Marine Science ICES Journal of Marine Science 75: 1−8
  21. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, and Millar R (2017). Escape gaps in recreational panulirid traps: Reducing catches of undersized Sagmariasus verreauxi while increasing fishing power for legal sizes. Fisheries Research 189: 55−61.
  22. Alós J, McGrath S, Pérez-Mayol S, Morales-Nin B, Butcher P (2017). The chemical signature of retained hooks in mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) revealed by otolith microchemistry. Fisheries Research 186:658−664.
  23. Reichelt-Brushett A, Stone J, Howe P, Thomas B, Clark M, Male Y, Nanlohy A, and Butcher P (2017). Geochemistry and mercury contamination in receiving environments of artisanal mining wastes and identified concerns for food safety. Environmental Research 152: 407−418
  24. Harayashiki C, Reichelt-Brushett A, Liu L, and Butcher P (2016). Behavioural and biochemical alterations in Penaeus monodon post-larvae diet-exposed to inorganic mercury. Chemosphere 164: 241−247.
  25. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, and Millar R (2016) Relative efficiencies and durabilities of recreational hoop- and lift-nets targeting two Australian portunids. Fisheries Research 179:115−123.
  26. Barnes C, Butcher P, Peddemors V. and Mandleman J (2016).  Movements and mortality of two commercially exploited carcharhinid sharks following longline capture and release off eastern Australia.  Endangered Species Research 30: 193−208
  27. Gilbert J, Baduel C, Li Yan, Reichelt-Brushett A, Butcher P, McGrath S, Peddemors V, Mueller J and Christidis L (2015). Bioaccumulation of PCBs in liver tissue of sharks from south-eastern Australian waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 101: 908−913.
  28. Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Cullis B (2015). Influences of twine diameter and mesh area on the efficiency and durability of baited hoop nets targeting portunids. Fisheries Ecology and Management 6:488−500.
  29. Pleizier N, Gutowsky L, Peddemors V, Cooke S. and Butcher P (2015). Variation in whole-, landed - and trimmed-carcass and fin-weight ratios for various sharks captured on demersal set-lines off eastern Australia. Fisheries Research 167:48−63.
  30. Piddocke T, Butler G., Butcher P., Stewart J, Bucher D, and Christidis L (2015). Age and growth of mangrove red snapper Lutjanus argentimaculatus at its cool-water-range limits.  Journal of Fish Biology 86, 1587−1600.
  31. Piddocke T, Butler G, Butcher P., Purcell S, Bucher D, and Christidis L (2015). Age validation in the Lutjanidae: a review.  Fisheries Research 167:48−63.
  32. Peregrina L, Butcher P, Broadhurst M, and Millar R (2015). Responses of reproductively active snapper (Pagrus auratus) to barotrauma during angling.  PLos ONE 10(3).
  33. Gilbert J, Reichelt-Brushett A, Butcher P., McGrath S, Peddemors V, Bowling A and Christidis L (2015).  Metal and metalloid concentrations in the tissues of dusky Carcharhinus obscurus, sandbar C. plumbeus and white Carcharodon carcharias sharks from south eastern Australia, and the implications for human consumption. Marine Pollution Bulletin 92:186−194.
  34. Butcher P, Peddemors V, Mandleman J, Mcgrath S. and Cullis B (2015). At-vessel mortality and blood biochemical status of elasmobranchs caught in an Australian commercial longline fishery. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:878−889.
  35. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, Millar R, Marshall J. and Peddemors, V (2014).  Temporal hooking variability among sharks on south-eastern Australian demersal longlines and implications for their management.  Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 181−189.
  36. Hall K., Broadhurst M., Butcher P, Cameron L., Rowland S., and Millar R. (2017). Sublethal effects of angling and release on golden perch Macquaria ambigua: implications for reproduction and fish health. Journal of Fish Biology 90: 1980-1998
  37. Butcher P, Boulton A, Macbeth W, and Malcolm H. (2014).  Long-term effects of marine park zoning on giant mud crab (Scylla serrata) populations in three Australian estuaries.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 508: 163−176.
  38. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, and Cullis B. (2014). Effect of mesh size and escape gaps on discarding in an Australian giant mud crab (Scylla serrata) trap fishery.  PLoS ONE 9.
  39. McGrath S, Reichelt-Brushett A, and Butcher P. (2014).  Sub-lethal effects of ingesting nickel-plated carbon-steel hooks in mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus).  Marine Environmental Research, 99:188–197.
  40. Cooke S, Hogan  Z, Butcher P, Stokesbury M, Raghavan R, Gallagher A, Hammerschlag N. and Danylchuk A. (2014).  Angling for endangered fish: Conservation problem or conservation action?  Fish and Fisheries 17:249–265
  41. Hall K, Broadhurst M, and Butcher P. (2014). Clinical signs of barotrauma in golden perch Macquaria ambigua (Richardson) and associated effects on post-release mortality and health. Journal of Fish Diseases 37:251−264
  42. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Cullis B. and Raidal, S. (2013).  Physical damage and post-release mortality and behaviour of mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicas) after barotrauma and treatment.  African Journal of Marine Science 35(4): 511–521.
  43. Leland J, Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Paterson B. and Mayer D. (2013).  Relative trap efficiency for recreationally caught eastern Australian blue swimmer crab (Portunus pelagicus) and associated injury and mortality of discards. Fisheries Research 147:304– 311.
  44. Butcher P, Leland J, Broadhurst M, Paterson B. and Mayer D. (2012).  Giant mud crab (Scylla serrata): relative efficiencies of common traps and impacts to discards. ICES Journal of Marine Science 69: 1511– 1522.
  45. Leland J, Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Paterson B. and Mayer D. (2012).  Damage and physiological stress to juvenile eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) discarded after trapping and hand collection. Fisheries Research 137: 63– 70.
  46. Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Cullis B. (2012).  Catch-and-release angling mortality of south-eastern Australian Pomatomus saltatrix.  African Journal of Marine Science 34: 289– 295.
  47. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Hall K, Cullis B. and Raidal, S. (2012).  Assessing barotrauma and release methods among angled snapper Pagrus auratus. Fisheries Research 127–128: 49– 55.
  48. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, Hall K, Cullis B. and McGrath S. (2012).  Resilience of inshore, juvenile snapper Pagrus auratus to angling and release. Journal of Fish Biology 80: 638–650.
  49. Hall K, Broadhurst M. and Butcher P. (2012).  Post-release mortality of angled golden perch Macquaria ambigua and Murray cod Maccullochella peelii peelii. Fisheries Management and Ecology 19: 10–21.
  50. McGrath S, Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Cairns S. (2011).  Fate of three Australian teleosts after ingesting conventional and modified stainless- and carbon-steel hooks. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68: 1–9.
  51. McGrath S, Butcher P, Broadhurst M. and Cairns S. (2011).  Reviewing hook degradation to promote ejection after ingestion by marine fish. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 1237–1247.
  52. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Hall K. and Cooke S. (2011).  Post-release survival and physiology of angled luderick (Girella tricuspidata) after confinement in keeper nets in an Australian estuary. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68: 572–579.
  53. Roberts L, Butcher P, Broadhurst M. and Cullis B. (2011).  Using a multi-experimental approach to assess the fate of angled-and-released yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi). ICES Journal of Marine Science 68: 67–75.
  54. Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Cullis B. (2011).  Post-release mortality of angled sand mullet (Myxus elongatus: Mugilidae). Fisheries Research 107: 272–275.
  55. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Orchard B. and Ellis M. (2010).  Using biotelemetry to assess the mortality and behaviour of yellowfin bream (Acanthopagrus australis) released with ingested hooks. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67: 1175–1184.
  56. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Hall K, Cullis B. and Nicoll R. (2010).  Scale loss and mortality in angled-and-released eastern sea garfish (Hypohamphus australis). ICES Journal of Marine Science 67: 522–529.
  57. Hall K, Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Rowland S. (2009).  Effects of angling on post-release mortality, gonadal development and somatic condition of Australian bass Macquaria novemaculeata. Journal of Fish Biology 75: 2737–2755.
  58. Hall K, Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2009).  Short-term mortality of Australian bass, Macquaria novemaculeata, after catch-and-release angling. Fisheries Management and Ecology 16: 235–247.
  59. McGrath S, Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2009).  Effects of salinity and anatomical hook location on the mortality and physiological response of angled-and-released sand whiting Sillago ciliata. Journal of Fish Biology 74: 220–234.
  60. Reynolds D, Broadhurst M, Butcher P. and Rolfe M. (2009).  Effects of angler-induced exercise and air exposure on the mortality of mouth-hooked yellowfin bream (Acanthopagrus australis). Journal of Applied Ichthyology 25: 100–103.
  61. Uhlmann S, Broadhurst M, Paterson B, Mayer D, Butcher P. and Brand C. (2009).  Mortality and blood loss by blue swimmer crabs (Portunus pelagicus) after simulated capture and discarding from gillnets. ICES Journal of Marine Science 66: 455–461.
  62. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, and Cairns S. (2008).  Mortality and physical damage of angled-and-released dusky flathead Platycephalus fuscus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 81: 127–134.
  63. Butcher P, Broadhurst M.K., Reynolds D. and Cairns S. (2008).  Influence of terminal rig configuration on the anatomical hooking location of line-caught yellowfin bream, Acanthopagrus australis. Fisheries Management and Ecology 15: 303–313.
  64. Broadhurst M, Butcher P, Brand C. and Porter M. (2007).  Ingestion and ejection of hooks: effects on long-term health and mortality of angler-caught yellowfin bream Acanthopagrus australis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 74: 27–36.
  65. Butcher P, Broadhurst M, Reynolds D, Reid D. and Gray C. (2007).  Release method and anatomical hook location: effects on short-term mortality of angler-caught Acanthopagrus australis and Argyrosomus japonicus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 74: 17–26.
  66. Butcher P, Broadhurst M. and Brand C. (2006).  Mortality of sand whiting (Sillago ciliata) released by recreational anglers in an Australian estuary. ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 567–571.
  67. Butcher P.A., Boulton A.J. and Smith D.A. (2003).  Mud crab (Scylla serrata: Portunidae) populations as indicators of the effectiveness of estuarine marine protected area, in: World Congress on Aquatic Protected Areas proceedings, (eds) J. Beaumer, A. Grant and D. Smith, Cairns 2002, Queensland University Press, pp. 421-427.
  68. NSW DPI (2017). NSW North Coast Shark Mesh-net trial final report. Fisheries Final Report Series no 154.

Other scientific paper and reports

  1. NSW DPI (2018). NSW North Coast Shark Mesh-net trial final report. Fisheries Final Report Series no 157.
  2. Butcher P, and Colefax A (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy: Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) application for non-destructive shark management and bather protection. Progress report to NSW DPI. 57 pp.
  3. Butcher P, Gallen C, and Brand C (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy: Estuarine gate telemetry project. Progress report to NSW DPI. 17 pp.
  4. Butcher P, Gallen C, and Brand C (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy: Tagging and tracking program for White (Carcharodon carcharias), Bull (Carcharhinus leucas) and Tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) sharks. Progress report to NSW DPI. 24 pp.
  5. Butcher P, Gallen C, and Brand C (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy: Fish Aggregation Device (FAD) telemetry project. Progress report to NSW DPI. 15 pp.
  6. Butcher P, Tate R., Gallen C and Brand C (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy: SMART drumlines. Progress report to NSW DPI. 23 pp.
  7. Kelaher B, Butcher P, Colefax A, Peddemors V and Creese B (2017). How drones can help fight the war on shark attacks. The Conversation (February 2017).  http://theconversation.com/how-drones-can-help-fight-the-war-on-shark-attacks-71633
  8. Hall K.C., Butcher P.A. and Broadhurst M.K. (2013). NSW Catch-and-release fishing handbook. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla, NSW (published August 2013 – 61 pp).
  9. Broadhurst M., Butcher P., Cullis B., Roberts L. and Brand C. (2011).  Catchin 'n' kissin without killin kingies. Go Fishing 33, pp. 74–77.
  10. Leland J., Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2011).  Patience makes a difference. Go Fishing 32, pp. 75–78.
  11. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., Hall K. and Brand C. (2010).  Barotrauma in snapper. Go Fishing 31, pp. 75–78.
  12. Hall K., Broadhurst M., Butcher P. and Rowland S. (2010).  Running the gauntlet: the effects of angling and release on spawning Australian bass. Go Fishing 28, pp. 86–87.
  13. Hall K., Broadhurst M., Butcher P. and Brand C. (2010).  Caught a tagged bass? NSW Fishing Monthly August 2010, pp. 65.
  14. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., Brand C. and McGrath S. (2009).  Looking after lizards. Saltwater Fishing 57, pp. 74–78.
  15. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., Hall K. and McGrath S. (2009).  Post-release survival of angled tailor and luderick. Go Fishing 23, pp. 74–78.
  16. Hall K.C., Broadhurst M.K. and Butcher P. (2009).  Barotrauma in fish angled from deep water. Go Fishing. pp. 86–87.
  17. McGrath S., Broadhurst M. and Butcher P. (2009).  Juvenile snapper: increasing their post-release survival. Go Fishing 23, pp. 90–91.
  18. Butcher P., Broadhurst, M. and Hall, K. (2008).  Catch and release: a guide to survival (poster).  Catch: East Coast Fishing Annual, December 2008 and NSW Fishing Monthly, November 2008, p. 101.
  19. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Hall K. (2008).  Scale loss critical to garfish survival. NSW Fishing Monthly August 2008, pp. 27.
  20. Hall K., Broadhurst M., Butcher P., Brand C. and McGrath S. (2008).  Survival of freshwater fish after catch-and-release angling. Freshwater Fishing Australia 90, pp. 59–61.
  21. Hall K., Broadhurst M., Butcher P., Brand C. and McGrath S. (2008).  Golden perch survival in winter. New South Wales Fishing Monthly September 2008, pp. 56–57.
  22. McGrath S., Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2008).  Do gut-hooked whiting survive? Go Fishing 2, pp. 95–97.
  23. Broadhurst M., Butcher P. and McGrath S. (2007).  Tag team fishing! Fishing World May 2007, pp. 88–89.
  24. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., McGrath S. and Brand C. (2007).  The fate of bass. Fishing World June 2007, pp. 106–108.
  25. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., Reynolds D. and Cairns S. (2007).  Bream survival. Modern Fishing February 2007, pp. 84–86.
  26. Broadhurst M., Butcher P. and Brand C. (2006).  Bream: the survivor. Fishing World July 2006, p. 62.
  27. Butcher P., Broadhurst M., McGrath S. and Brand C. (2006).  Duskies are tough. Fishing World November 2006, pp. 72–73.
  28. Reynolds D., Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2006).  Tough bream! Fishing World June 2006, p. 38.
  29. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Brand C. (2005).  The mighty whiting. Fishing World October 2005, pp. 80–81.
  30. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Reynolds D. (2005).  How to keep jew alive! Fishing World February 2006, p. 78.
  31. Butcher P., Reynolds D. and Broadhurst M. (2005).  Catch and release jewies. Fishing World August 2005, pp. 78–79.
  32. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Reynolds D. (2005).  Keeping bream alive. Fishing World April 2005, pp. 52–53.
  33. Malcolm H., Butcher P. and Irving L. (2005).  Recreational fishing competition survey of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Unpublished report to the NSW Marine Parks Authority. 50 pp.
  34. Butcher P. and Malcolm, H. (2004).  ICOLL Mud crab monitoring program #2 – Solitary Islands Marine Park, NSW (progress report), NSW Marine Parks Authority, Coffs Harbour.
  35. Butcher P. and Malcolm, H. (2003).  ICOLL Mud crab monitoring program #1 – Solitary Islands Marine Park, NSW (progress report), NSW Marine Parks Authority, Coffs Harbour.
  36. Butcher P. (2003).  Solitary Islands Marine Park Management Plan (policy document) for Surf Tour Groups, unpublished report to the NSW Marine Parks Authority, Coffs Harbour.
  37. Butcher P. (2001).  The benefits of marine park zones to mud crabs in the Wooli River, NSW. Fisheries New South Wales - The Journal of Sustainable Fishing, (eds) D. Smith, NSW Fisheries, 4(1) p. 9.

Electronic publications

  1. Butcher P, Colefax A, and Hover UAV (2018) Shark Management Strategy drone trials (phase 8). Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0vPO4h5FSI
  2. Butcher P, Colefax A, and Hover UAV (2017) Shark Management Strategy drone trials (phase 6). Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Eij6oy-Zk
  3. Colefax A, Butcher P, and Kelleher B (2018) Shark Identification by drone: your ID tool. Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxh2Pp5gq3k
  4. NSW DPI (2017). Shark Management Alert in Real Time – SMART drumlines. Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26VfLO588kQ
  5. NSW DPI (2018). NSW Shark Management Strategy – tagging. Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk7ZUXSpS1c
  6. Panasonic, Marine Instruments, ISI-FiSH and NSW DPI (2018). SMART drumlines. Video production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOtQzP4HtiE
  7. NSW DPI (2019). Shark SMART webpage. Web production. https://www.sharksmart.nsw.gov.au/
  8. NSW Government (2018). Shark week – intro to sharks (myths and facts). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LxM6mesguU
  9. NSW Government (2018). Shark week – shark research projects, technologies and careers in marine science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JI6HirDvrE
  10. NSW Government (2018). Shark week – marine science and biology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVbOMUh4z04

Presentations at conferences

  1. Andreotti S, Butcher P, Huveneers C, Ovenden J, Matthee C.A (2019). Did Nicole get lost? Population connectivity between white sharks from South Africa and Australia. 5th Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa. October 2019 (oral presentation - October 2019)
  2. Butcher P, Brand B, Colefax A, Creese R, Gallen C, Green M, Peddemors V, Smoothy A, Tate R, Tucker J, Spaet J, and Moltschaniwskyj N (2019). NSW Shark Management Strategy – using SMART drumlines, drones and ‘real time’ detection buoys to catch and track white sharks. Oceania Chrondrichthyan Society, Dunedin NZ. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  3. Tate R, Kelaher B, Smith S and Butcher P (2019). Capture efficiency of SMART drumlines for White, Tiger and Bull Sharks. Oceania Chrondrichthyan Society, Dunedin NZ. July 2019 (poster presentation – July 2019).
  4. Colefax A, Kelaher B, Pagendam D, and Butcher P. (2019). Avoiding frequent and unnecessary beach closures from drone-based shark surveillance. Australian Marine Science Association Conference, Freemantle Australia. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  5. Davenport D, Butcher P, Andreotti S, Jones A, and Jennifer Ovenden (2019). Using genetics to estimate the number of breeders in a population as a tool for population monitoring; a case study using the eastern Australian population of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias, L.). Oceania Chrondrichthyan Society, Dunedin NZ. July 2019 (oral presentation– July 2019).
  6. Gallen C, Brand C, Pederson H, Wolfenden K, Green M, and Butcher P (2019). Real-time alerts of ‘dangerous’ sharks from the New South Wales Monitoring Network: informing the community and raising awareness. Australian Marine Science Association Conference, Freemantle Australia. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  7. Kelaher B, Colefax A, Tagliafico A, Bishop M, Giles A, and Butcher P (2019). Awesome drone footage of diverse marine megafauna off sandy beaches and why it might be useful? Australian Marine Science Association Conference, Freemantle Australia. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  8. Provost E, Butcher P, Colefax A, Coleman M, Curley B, and Kelaher B (2019). Observing patterns of beach use with drone technology. Australian Marine Science Association Conference, Freemantle Australia. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  9. Tucker P, Santos I, Davis K, and Butcher P (2019) Whale carcass beach burials and potential shark attraction. Australian Marine Science Association Conference, Freemantle Australia. July 2019 (oral presentation – July 2019).
  10. Spaet J, Gallen C, Brand C, Peddemors V, Butcher P (2018). Environmental, spatial and temporal influences on the occurrence of White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) along the New South Wales coast of Australia. Sharks International Conference, João Pessoa, Brazil. (oral presentation).
  11. Moltschaniwskyj N, Butcher P, Green M, Wolfenden K, and Fairfull S (2017). Sharks, tags and technology – how are they helping us to be shark smart? Australia (oral presentation – November 2017).
  12. Harayashiki C, Reichelt-Brushett A, Cowden K, and Butcher P (2016). Biochemical effects in juvenile tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) after inorganic mercury diet exposure SETAC_AU 2016, Hobart Australia, 4–7 October 2016.
  13. Butcher, P.A. (2014). Why do they die? Mortality indices of elasmobranchs caught on demersal long lines in a south-east Australian commercial shark fishery. Oral presentation at the ‘Sharks International’ conference, Durban, South Africa, 2–6 June 2014.
  14. Gilbert J., Butcher P., Christidis L., Reichelt-Brushett A., McGrath S., Peddemors V. and Bowling A. (2014). Quantifying metal and metalloid concentrations in the muscle, liver and ceratotrichia of dusky, sandbar and great white sharks from south-eastern Australian waters. Oral presentation at the ‘Sharks International’ conference, Durban, South Africa, 2–6 June 2014.
  15. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Hall K. (2012).  Catch and release: promoting responsible fishing practices.  Poster presentation at the National Recreational Fishing Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 17–19 August 2012.
  16. McGrath S., Reichelt-Brushett A. and Butcher P. (2012).  Fish accumulate trace metals from ingested hooks. Poster presentation at the National Recreational Fishing conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 17–19 August 2012. Presented by S McGrath.
  17. McGrath S., Reichelt-Brushett A. and Butcher P. (2012).  Sub-lethal effects of ingesting nickel-plated carbon-steel hooks in mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus). Poster presentation at the Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology conference, Brisbane Australia (July 2012). Presented by A.J Reichelt-Brushett.
  18. Hall K.C., Broadhurst M.K., Butcher P.A., and Rowland S.J. (2011). Sublethal effects of angling and release on two Australian native freshwater fish.  Oral presentation at the sixth World Recreational Fishing Conference 1–4 August, Berlin, Germany. Presentation by K Hall.
  19. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and Hall K. (2008).  Catch and release: a guide to survival.  Poster presentation at the Australian Society for Fish Biology Workshop and Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15-18 September 2008.
  20. McGrath S., Butcher P. and Broadhurst M. (2008).  Reducing the post-release mortality of angled snapper (Pagrus auratus).  Oral presentation at the Australian Society for Fish Biology Workshop and Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15-18 September 2008.  Presented by S McGrath.
  21. Butcher P., Broadhurst M. and James K. (2006).  Catch and release: fish for the future.  Poster presentation at the ICES 2006 fishing technology in the 21st Century: integrating fishing and ecosystem conservation conference, Boston, USA. (presented by Dr. Matt Broadhurst).
  22. Butcher P. and Boulton, A. (2004).  Natural barriers as a zoning tool in estuarine marine park management. Poster presentation at the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) International Conference on Estuaries and Change, Ballina, NSW.
  23. Butcher P. and Boulton, A. (2003). Natural barriers as a zoning tool in estuarine marine park management.  Poster presentation at the Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  24. Butcher P., Boulton, A. and Smith, S. (2003). Using natural barriers as a zoning tool in estuarine marine park management.  Oral presentation at University of New England Postgraduate conference, Armidale, NSW.
  25. Butcher P., Boulton, A. and Smith S. (2002).  Using the mud crab (Scylla serrata) as an indicator species of the effectiveness of estuarine marine protected areas.  Oral presentation and paper at the World Congress on Aquatic Protected Areas, Cairns, QLD.
  26. Butcher P., Boulton, A. and Smith S. (2002). Using ultrasonic telemetry to observe movement patterns by the mud crab (Scylla serrata).  Oral presentation at University of New England Postgraduate conference, Armidale, NSW.
  27. Butcher P., Boulton A. and Smith S. (2001). Critical habitats for the mud crab (Scylla serrata): identification, significance and management.  Poster presentation at the 11th NSW Coastal Management Conference, Newcastle, NSW.

Fields of research

  • 070403 Fisheries Management
  • 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
  • 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Sharks
  • Fisheries management
  • Post-release survival
  • Recreational fishing
  • Catch-and-release angling
  • Marine Parks
  • Saltwater and Freshwater fish
  • Fisheries biology

Contact details

Dr. Paul Butcher
Senior Research Scientist
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Bay Drive, National Marine Science Centre
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Postal address:

PO Box 4321
National Marine Science Centre
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Telephone: (02) 6656 8910

Email: paul.butcher@dpi.nsw.gov.au