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CSIRO, Cruise SS200803, Marine Biological Survey, Great Australian Bight; South Australian and Tasmanian continental slope, 2008

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Mar 13, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Benthic biota samples were taken in the Great Australian Bight (GAB) and near St Helen's Hill seamount during the pilot survey for estimating the effectiveness of spatial closures for deepwater gulper sharks and associated fishery species. There are large gaps in ecological knowledge of gulper sharks which limit the effective design of area closures (e.g. optimising sizes and numbers) and assessment of their performance. The survey aimed to fill these gaps do this by characterising the habitats and ecosystem processes in 200-700 m depths that sustain key species, and commencing a process to determine the relevant aspects of species ecology. Primarily this will be (1) to measure the movement of fish within and to/ from a large closed area in the GAB with a tagging program, and (2) estimate the abundance of selected species in relation to habitat features (substructure within submarine canyons, escarpments and rocky banks, and adjacent water column features) with two independent, non-extractive photographic methods. This metadata record describes the benthic biota samples taken at during this survey.

Epibenthic biota were collected using epibenthic sled (5 ops) and macro-infauna were extracted by elutriation of sediment collections taken using the Smith-MacIntyre grab (13 ops). The invertebrate specimens were distributed to Museum collections for registration and curation. Data on specimen identifications by taxonomic experts are tracked, collated and archived at the CSIRO.

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Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Franzis Althaus
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Castray Esplanade 7000 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5059

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Franzis Althaus
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Castray Esplanade 7000 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5059

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBIS Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Castray Esplanade 7000 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts

Geographic Coverage

Great Australian Bight; South Australian and Tasmanian continental slope

Bounding Coordinates South West [-41.2, 133.9], North East [-34, 148.8]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2008-03-05 / 2008-03-16

Project Data

Core business for the SFG in the areas of Sustainable Fisheries and Sustainable Ecosystems is the need to provide information to enable sustainable management of fishery ecosystems, including their users. This project will provide biological synopses of key species, identify critical habitats of key species in the South East Fishery, and add vital information on habitat vulnerability to an existing database of habitats distributions that together will underpin a program of spatial management planned for the fishery by AFMA through fishery legislation and EA through a system of MPAs. The outputs from this project will also contribute to directly to other CMR projects in SESME and NESD to map and manage the habitats of offshore benthic fishery ecosystems for the development of Regional Management Planning under Oceans Policy.

Title Determining the ecological basis for spatial management of deep water fishes with a focus on pink ling, gulper sharks and ribaldo
Funding via AFMA

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Alan Williams

Additional Metadata

marine, harvsted by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 0c321862-ceb7-415d-8db0-95db8462b479