Survey estimates of fishable biomass following a mass mortality in an Australian molluscan fishery
S Mayfield, R McGarvey, HK Gorfine, H Peeters, P Burch, S Sharma
Journal of Fish Diseases | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011
This research was funded by the Western Abalone Divers Association (WADA) through a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Tactical Research Fund grant (Principal Investigator: Harry Peeters). We thank the attendees at the WADA abalone diver-survey workshops in November 2008 and August 2009 for their suggestions regarding the survey design, analyses and interpretation. The willingness to identify productive abalone fishing grounds for survey by Jason Ciavola, David Fenton, David Forbes, Philip Plummer, Glen Plummer and Peter Riddle is gratefully acknowledged. The diving surveys were conducted by Jason Ciavola, David Forbes, David Fenton, Philip Plummer, Peter Riddle and Bruce Waters with assistance from Andrew Hogg. Bruce Taylor provided the historical survey abundance and length-frequency data. Dr Duncan Worthington, Dr Marty Deveney, Mr Cameron Dixon and an anonymous reviewer provided numerous useful comments that substantially improved this manuscript.