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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 44(6)

Movement of tagged juvenile tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) in Moreton Bay, Queensland

RM Morton, I Halliday and D Cameron

Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 44(6) 811 - 816
Published: 1993


Large quantities of tailor, Pomatomus saltatrix, are caught by recreational and commercial fishers in coastal waters off New South Wales and Queensland. Juvenile tailor were subject to increasing fishing mortality in Moreton Bay (Queensland) in the mid 1980s. A tagging programme, involving State Government fisheries biologists and amateur fishing clubs, was established in 1986 to examine the movement, growth rate and fisheries exploitation of juvenile tailor (<270 mm fork length) in Moreton Bay. Of 2173 juvenile tailor tagged in Moreton Bay during February-July and December 1987, 237 were recaptured over a period of 30 months, representing a recapture rate of 11%. This was a high recapture rate compared with those in similar finfish tagging studies carried out in Moreton Bay. The recaptured fish moved relatively short distances (mean±s.d., 10.2 ± 15.0 km; maximum distance, 85 km). Growth data were unreliable. Estuaries such as Moreton Bay function as nursery areas for tailor prior to their movement onto open surf beaches as adult fish. A legal minimum length for tailor was introduced on the basis of this study.

Keywords: tagging, estuarine fisheries, recreational fishing, fisheries exploitation

Full text doi:10.1071/MF9930811

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