During April 2019, 10 SMART drumlines were deployed for 30 days at Barrenjoey−Newport and 29 days at Manly−Dee Why. Environmental conditions determined how long SMART drumlines were deployed on any given day, ranging from 5:08 to 10:48h at Barrenjoey−Newport and 4:12 to 11:12h at Manly−Dee Why. On average, SMART drumlines were deployed daily for 9:08h at Barrenjoey−Newport and 8:48h at Manly−Dee Why.
During April 2019, one target shark was caught (Table 1), a male Tiger Shark at Dee Why Beach. One non-target animal was caught, a female Dusky Whaler, also at Dee Why Beach (Table 1).
All sharks were released alive.
When the contractors responded to 3 alerts at Barrenjoey−Newport and 2 alerts at Manly−Dee Why, they found that three hooks had no bait and two hooks had the bait fully intact.
Both sharks at Dee Why triggered an alert to the DPI contractors who responded and were at the SMART drumline within an average of 15 minutes.
Table 1: The date and time of capture of species, their sizes (total length in m), sex, and status during April 2019.
Size (TL) and sex
Manly – Dee Why
Dee Why Beach