North Coast SMART drumline data

The below tables show the total number of target sharks (White, Bull and Tiger sharks) and non-target animals caught on SMART drumlines in the North Coast since December 2016 (includes data to and including 31 August 2019).

This is a cumulative total of all animals caught at Ballina-Lennox Head and Evans Head and will be updated monthly.

Table 1: Cumulative total of target shark species caught on SMART drumlines.

Common Name

Ballina-Lennox Head

Evans Head

White Shark

123*

154*

Tiger Shark

26

15

Bull Shark

9

2

TOTAL

158

171

* Note: all sharks, except for one White Shark was released alive; one White Shark died before release at Ballina-Lennox Head, while one White Shark was found dead on Airforce Beach, Evans Head on 12 May 2017 after being tagged and released on 7 May 2017.

Table 2: Cumulative total of non-target species caught on SMART drumlines.

Common name

Ballina-Lennox Head

Evans Head

Spinner Shark

1

0

Greynurse Shark

8

23

Dusky Whaler

15

1

Whaler Shark - unidentified

1

0

Loggerhead Turtle

1

1*

Shortfin Mako Shark

2

3

Common Blacktip Shark

16

6*

Sandbar Shark

1

0

Black Ray

0

1

Smooth Hammerhead

24

1

Black Marlin

2*

0

Lemon Shark10
Bronze Whaler10

TOTAL

73

36

* Note: a Loggerhead Turtle was tangled in the trace (but not hooked); a Common Blacktip Shark was found dead on the line after an alert at Evans Head; a Black Marlin was found dead on the line after an alert at Ballina-Lennox Head.