Dataset: Assessing stock recovery using experimental fishing for sandfish on Warrior Reef, Torres Strait 2012


To further monitor the recovery and investigate the feasibility of experimental fishing to monitor the fishery, a small experimental fishing exercise was undertaken. Islanders from Iama and Poruma Islands, which historically fished Warrior Reef, were engaged in the exercise. This represented a significant training and community co-management opportunity.
Fishing effort was controlled to a level where there was little risk to the overall population stock status (<2 tonnes), even at the 2010 estimates of low stock size. Catch and swept area data from different locations and time of day were compared with historical survey data and estimates of catch in the early 1990s, when the fishery was first exploited. This provided information on population status and dynamics.

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