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 8 December 2016.

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

136*

166*

Tiger Shark

27

15

Bull Shark

9

2

TOTAL

172

183

* 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

28

Dusky Whaler

17

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

25

1

Black Marlin

2

0

Lemon Shark

1

0

Bronze Whaler

1

0

TOTAL

76

41

* 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.