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Title: The seamount fauna off southern Tasmania: impacts of trawling, conservation and role within the fishery ecosystem (FRDC project no. 95/058) 1996-1998
Id: 203
Acronym: Tasmanian Seamounts Study
Investigator(s): Tony Koslow
CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere - Hobart [details]

Description: In September 1995, the deepwater trawl fishing industry agreed not to trawl in an area of 370 km on the continental slope south of Tasmania for three years, as stated in a Memorandum of Understanding between the former Australian Nature Conservation Agency (now Environment Australia) (EA) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). The purpose of the moratorium was to allow time for CSIRO to conduct scientific investigations and provide Government with sufficient information to assess future management options. The primary objectives of the research were to assess 1) the uniqueness of the benthic seamount fauna in the region, 2) the potential impacts of the deepwater trawl fishery upon it, and 3) the measures required to conserve it.
Years: 1996 to 1998
Hierachy: Multiple Use Management of EEZ (MUMEEZ) Program » Biodiversity and Conservation Management » Seamounts & Deep Sea


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SS 01/97

J.A. Koslow (CSIRO) Southern Surveyor cruise SS 01/97 was a biological survey of 14 seamounts south of Tasmania. Photographic surveys of four seamounts were completed using a deepwater camera system. Dropline fishing was carried out on four seamounts at depths of 725-1510 m. Faunal samples (including corals and many other benthic invertebrates) were obtained from top, slope, and base of most of the seamounts, as well as some fish. Samples of corals were also taken for genetic analysis, and rock samples taken for age determination of the seamounts by scientists from the University of Tasmania and AGSO.
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