The fisheries research reports series contains technical and scientific information that represents an important contribution to the existing knowledge, but which may not be suitable for publication in national or international scientific journals.

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Reports from 2022

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Ecological risk assessment for the marine aquarium fish resource, Kimberley Smith, Amelia Bissell, and Carly Bruce

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Houtman Abrolhos Islands Fish Habitat Protection Area: A summary of marine resource use and ecological attributes, Scott N. Evans, Nick Konzewitsch, and Lynda M. Bellchambers

Reports from 2021

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2021 assessment of the status of the West Coast Demersal Scalefish Resource, David V. Fairclough, Sybrand Alexander Hesp, Ainslie Maree Denham, A. Fisher, Rachel Marks, K. L. Ryan, Elaine Lek, Rhys Allen, and Brett M. Crisafulli

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Ecological Risk Assessment for the State-wide Small Pelagic Scalefish Resource, S. Blazeski, J. Norriss, K. A. Smith, and M. Hourston

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Ecological Risk Assessment for the Temperate Demersal Elasmobranch Resource, Maddison Watt, Matias Braccini, K. A. Smith, and Matthew Hourston

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Fisheries Research Report 319: Resource Assessment Report for Australian Herring in Western Australia, R E. Duffy, A M. Hart, N Caputi, S A. Hesp, A Quinn, A M. Denham, and K Smith

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Imputation of missing count data of recreational boat retrievals from remote camera surveys in the Perth Metropolitan region, Western Australia, E. Afrifa-Yamoah, S.M Taylor, Cameron J. Desfosses, and U. A. Mueller

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Otoliths of south-western Australian fish: a photographic catalogue, Chris Dowling, Kim Smith, Elain Lek, and Joshua Brown

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Recreational fishing for Western Rock Lobster: estimates of participation, effort and catch from 1986/87 – 2017/18. Fisheries Research Report 299, Fabian I. Trinnie, Cameron J. Desfosses, Brent S. Wise, and Karina L. Ryan

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Recreational fishing for Western Rock Lobster: estimates of participation, effort and catch from 2018/19–2020/21. Fisheries Research Report 313, Claire B. Smallwood, Karina L. Ryan, Alissa Tate, and Cameron J. Desfosses

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Shore-based recreational fishing in the Perth Metropolitan area: 2014 – 2021. Fisheries Research Report 315, Alissa Tate and Claire B. Smallwood

Reports from 2020

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Blue Swimmer Crab ( Portunus armatus ) and Mud Crab Scylla serrata and Scylla olivacea ) Resources in the North Coast and Gascoyne Coast Bioregions, Western Australia, D Johnston, Daniel Yeoh, David Harris, and E Fisher

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Blue Swimmer Crab ( Portunus armatus ) and Sand Crab ( Ovalipes australiensis ) Resource in the South Coast Bioregion of Western Australia, D Johnston, David Harris, and Daniel Yeoh

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Blue Swimmer Crab ( Portunus armatus ) Resource in the West Coast Bioregion, Western Australia Part 1: Peel Harvey Estuary, Cockburn Sound and Swan Canning Estuary, D Johnston, Daniel Yeoh, David Harris, and E Fisher

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Blue Swimmer Crab ( Portunus armatus ) Resource in the West Coast Bioregion, Western Australia Part 2: Warnbro Sound, Comet Bay, Mandurah to Bunbury, Leschenault Estuary, Geographe Bay an d Hardy Inlet, D Johnston, David Harris, and Daniel Yeoh

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Ecological Risk Assessment for the Peel-Harvey Estuarine Fishery, E. A. Fisher, S. N. Evans, Cameron J. Desfosses, Danielle Johnston, R Duffy, and K. A. Smith

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International Workshop on Recreational Fishing Surveys, Rachel Marks, Cameron J. Desfosses, and Alissa Tate

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Mitigation measures to reduce entanglements of migrating whales with commercial fishing gear, Jason How, D Coughran, M Double, K Rushworth, B Hebiton, J Smith, J Harrison, M Taylor, D Paton, G McPherson, C McPherson, A Recalde Salas, C Salgado-Kent, and Simon de Lestang

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Review of recreational fishing surveys in Western Australia, Alissa Tate, K. L. Ryan, Claire B. Smallwood, Cameron J. Desfosses, S.M Taylor, E.K. Lai, and Stuart Blight

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Understanding recruitment variation (including the collapse) of Ballot’s saucer scallop stocks in Western Australia and assessing the feasibility of assisted recovery measures for improved management in a changing environment. FRDC Project No. 2015/026, Arani Chandrapavan, Mervi Kangas, and Nick Caputi

Reports from 2019

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Development of an industry-based habitat mapping/monitoring system FRDC Project No 2011/021, Simon de Lestang, Matthew B. Pember, and Dirk Slawinski

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Integrated survey of boat-based recreational fishing in inner Shark Bay 2018/19, S.M Taylor, Claire B. Smallwood, Cameron J. Desfosses, K. L. Ryan, and Gary Jackson

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Invertebrate and Reef Health Research and Monitoring at Cocos (Keeling) Islands – 2019 Update, N Konzewitsch and S. N. Evans

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Recovering a collapsed abalone stock through translocation. Seafood CRC Project No. 2011/762, Lachlan W.S. Strain, Jamin M. Brown, and Anthony M. Hart

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Statewide survey of boat-based recreational fishing in Western Australia 2017/18, K. L. Ryan, N.G. Hall, E.K. Lai, Claire B. Smallwood, Alissa Tate, S.M Taylor, and Brent S. Wise

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Summary of the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery science and modelling review, Simon de Lestang, Jason How, Nick Caputi, Emma-Jade Tuffley, and Mark Rossbach

Reports from 2018

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A survey of boat-based recreational fishing in inner Shark Bay 2016/17, S.M Taylor, Aldo S. Steffe, E.K. Lai, K. L. Ryan, and Gary Jackson

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Australian Herring and West Australian Salmon Scientific Workshop Report, October 2017, Brent S. Wise and Brett Molony

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Decision tree and rapid appraisal methodology for new fisheries, Anthony M. Hart

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Improving confidence in the management of the blue swimmer crab (Portunus armatus) in Shark Bay PART III: Proceedings of the Third National Workshop on Blue Swimmer Crab Portunus armatus Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Research Laboratories, Hillarys, Perth, 3 – 4 June 2015. FRDC Project No. 2012/15, Arani Chandrapavan

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Improving confidence in the management of the blue swimmer crab (Portunus armatus) in Shark Bay PART II: Socio-economic significance of commercial Blue Swimmer crabs in Shark Bay. FRDC project no. 2012/15, R Daley and I van Putten

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Improving confidence in the management of the blue swimmer crab (Portunus armatus) in Shark Bay. Part I : Rebuilding of the Shark Bay Crab Fishery. FRDC project no. 2012/15, Arani Chandrapavan, Mervi Kangas, Danielle Johnston, Nicolavito Caputi, Alexander Hesp, Ainslie Maree Denham, and Errol Sporer

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Resource Assessment Report Temperate Demersal Elasmobranch Resource of Western Australia, Matias Braccini, Nick Blay, Alexander Hesp, and Brett Molony

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Risk Assessment of the potential impacts of seismic air gun surveys on marine finfish and invertebrates in Western Australia, F J. Webster, Brent S. Wise, H Kemps, and Warrick Fletcher

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Weight-length summaries for Western Australian fish species derived from surveys of recreational fishers at boat ramps, C.B. Smallwood, Alissa Tate, and Karina L. Ryan

Reports from 2017

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Adopting a Citizen Science approach to develop cost-effective methods that will deliver annual information for managing small-scale recreational fisheries: The Southwest Recreational Crabbing Project, David Harris, Danielle Johnston, Josh Baker, and Michelle Foster

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Demographic performance of brownlip abalone : exploration of wild and cultured harvest potential, Lachlan W.S. Strain, Alexander Hesp, Frank Fabris, and Anthony M. Hart

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Framework for Integration of Data from Remotely Operated Cameras into Recreational Fishery Assessments in Western Australia, Aldo S. Steffe, S.M Taylor, Stuart Blight, Karina L. Ryan, Cameron J. Desfosses, Alissa Tate, Claire B. Smallwood, Eva K. Lai, Fabian I. Trinnie, and Brent S. Wise

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Resource Assessment Report Western Rock Lobster Environmental Resources of Western Australia, Lynda Bellchambers Dr, Jason How, S Evans, Matthew B. Pember, S de Lestang, and Nicolavito Caputi

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Spatial and temporal dynamics of Western Australia’s commercially important sharks, Matias Braccini, R. McAuley, and Alastair Harry

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Statewide survey of boat-based recreational fishing in Western Australia 2015/16, Karina L. Ryan, Norman G. Hall, Eva K. Lai, Claire B. Smallwood, S.M Taylor, and Brent Stephen

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Status of southern garfish (Hyporhamphus melanochir) in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, K Smith, C Dowling, S Mountford, A Hesp, A Howard, and J Brown

Reports from 2016

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An update of the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia, Invertebrate and Reef Health Research and Monitoring at Cocos (Keeling) Islands, S.N Evans, N Konzewitsch, and Lynda Bellchambers Dr

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Bioeconomic evaluation of commercial-scale stock enhancement in abalone, Anthony M. Hart and Lachlan W.S. Strain

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Evaluation of passive acoustic telemetry approaches for monitoring and mitigating shark hazards off the coast of Western Australia, R. McAuley, Barry Bruce, Ian S. Keay, S Mountford, and Tania Pinnell

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Improving efficiency in generating submissions and consistency of outcomes for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) based assessments, Warrick Fletcher, Daniel J. Gaughan, and Lynda Bellchambers Dr

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Innovative development of the Octopus (cf) tetricus fishery in Western Australia, Anthony M. Hart, Stephen C. Leporati, Ross Marriott, and D. V. Murphy

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Measurement of fisheries compliance outcomes : a preliminary national study : FRDC final report, E Price, Roy Melville-Smith, D King, Timothy J. Green, W Dixon, S Lambert, and T Spencer

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Review of potential fisheries and marine management impacts on the south-western Australian white shark population, S.M Taylor, J.M Braccini, R. McAuley, and W.J Fletcher

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Status of inshore demersal scalefish stocks on the south coast of Western Australia. NRM Project 12034 Final Report, Jeffrey Norriss, E.A Fisher, Sybrand Alexander Hesp, Gary Jackson, P.G Coulson, T Leary, and A.W Thompson

Reports from 2015

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Development of octopus aquaculture Final Report FRDC Project No 2009/206, Sagiv Kolkovski, Justin King, Nicole Watts, M Natale, Adva Mori, R Cammilleri, and C Cammilleri

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Development of octopus aquaculture: Rearing, handling and systems design for Octopus tetricus commercial aquaculture FRDC Project No 2009/206, Sagiv Kolkovski, R Cammilleri, Justin King, Nicole Watts, M Natale, and Adva Mori

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Effectiveness of mitigation measures to reduce interactions between commercial fishing gear and whales, Jason R. How, D Coughran, J Smith, M Double, J Harrison, J McMath, B Hebiton, and Ainslie Maree Denham

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Further investigation into critical habitat for juvenile dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum), artificial habitats and the potential to monitor annual juvenile recruitment, Paul Lewis

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Likelihood of Marine Pest introduction to the Indian Ocean Territories, Justin I. McDonald, Samantha Bridgwood, and Matthew Hourston

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Management implications of climate change effect on fisheries in Western Australia Part 1: Environmental change and risk assessment FRDC: Project No. 2010/535, Nicolavito Caputi, Ming Feng, Alan Pearce, J Benthuysen, Ainslie M. Denham, Y Hetzel, Gary Jackson, Brett W. Molony, Lindsay M. Joll, and Arani N. Chandrapavan

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Management implications of climate change effect on fisheries in Western Australia Part 2: Case studies FRDC Project No. 2010/535, Nicolavito Caputi, Feng Ming, Alan Pearce, J Benthuysen, Ainslie M. Denham, Y Hetzel, R Matear, Gary Jackson, Brett W. Molony, M Lindsay, and Arani N. Chandrapavan

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Seasonal wind patterns around the Western Australian coastline and their application in fisheries analysis, Alan Pearce, Anthony M. Hart, D. V. Murphy, and Hannah Rice

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Seasonal wind patterns around the Western Australian coastline and their application in fisheries analysis, Alan Pearce, Anthony M. Hart, D. V. Murphy, and Hannah Rice

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State-wide survey of boat-based recreational fishing in Western Australia 2013/14, K.L. Ryan, N.G. Hall, E.K. Lai, C.B. Smallwood, S.M. Taylor, and B.S. Wise

Reports from 2014

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Assessing the ecological impact of the western rock lobster fishery in fished and unfished areas Final FRDC Report – Project 2008/013, Lynda B. Bellchambers and Matthew B. Pember

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Assessment of blue swimmer crab recruitment and breeding stock levels in the Peel-Harvey Estuary and status of the Mandurah to Bunbury Developing Crab Fishery, D Johnston, A Chandrapavan, B Wise, and N Caputi

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Biological synopsis of Australian herring (Arripis georgianus), Kimberley A. Smith and Joshua Brown

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Decision-support tools for economic optimization of Western Rock Lobster fishery, Nick Caputi, Simon de Lestang, Chris Reid, and Alexander Hesp

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Identifying factors affecting the low western rock lobster puerulus settlement in recent years Final FRDC Report – Project 2009/18, Nick Caputi, Ming Feng, Simon de Lestang, Ainslie Maree Denham, James D. Penn, Dirk Slawinski, Alan Pearce, Evan Weller, and Jason R. How

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Independent observations of catches and subsurface mitigation efficiencies of modified trawl nets for endangered, threatened and protected megafauna bycatch in the Pilbara Fish Trawl Fishery, Corey B. Wakefield, Stuart Blight, Adrian W. Thomson, Clinton Syers, and Shane O'Donoghue

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Potential Eradication and Control Methods for the Management of the Ascidian Didemnum perlucidum in Western Australia, David V. Fairclough, Brett W. Molony, Brett M. Crisafulli, Ian S. Keay, Sybrand Alexander Hesp, and Ross J. Marriott

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Status of the Blue Swimmer Crab Fishery in Shark Bay, Western Australia Fishery Assessment Document, David Harris, Danielle Johnston, Errol Sporer, Mervi Kangas, Felipe Nieves, and Nick Caputi

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The marine heat wave off Western Australia during the summer of 2010/11 – 2 years on, Nick Caputi, Gary Jackson, and Alan Pearce

Reports from 2013

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Aerial surveys of shore-based recreational fishing in Carnarvon and Shark Bay: June to August 2012, Claire B. Smallwood and Daniel J. Gaughan

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An integrated system to survey boat-based recreational fishing in Western Australia 2011/12, Karina L. Ryan, Brent S. Wise, Norman G. Hall, K H. Pollock, Elena H. Sulin, and Daniel J. Gaughan

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A summary of the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia invertebrate research at Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2006-2011, Lynda M. Bellchambers and Scott N. Evans

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Biology, history, and assessment of Western Australian abalone fisheries, Anthony M. Hart, Frank Fabris, and Nick Caputi

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Biology, stock status and management summaries for selected fish species in south-western Australia, Claire B. Smallwood

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Determination and development of cost effective techniques to monitor recreational catch and effort in Western Australian demersal finfish fisheries: Final Report for FRDC Project 2005/034 and WAMSI Subproject 4.4.3, B S. Wise and W J. Fletcher

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Fisheries and Marine Officers recreational fishing survey: 1998/99 – 2009/10, Claire B. Smallwood, Carli F. Telfer, and Timothy J. Green

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Status of nearshore finfish stocks in south-western Western Australia: Part 1: Australian herring, Kimberley A. Smith, Joshua Brown, Paul Lewis, Christopher Dowling, A Howard, R Lenanton, and B Molony

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Status of nearshore finfish stocks in south-western Western Australia: Part 2: Tailor, Kimberley A. Smith, Joshua Brown, Paul Lewis, C Dowling, A Howard, R CJ Lenanton, and Brett W. Molony

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Status of nearshore finfish stocks in south-western Western Australia Part 3: Whiting (Sillaginidae): NRM Project 09003, Joshua Brown, Christopher Dowling, Alexander Hesp, Kimberley A. Smith, and Brett W. Molony

Reports from 2012

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Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Development of a DNA microarray to identify markers of disease in pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima) and to assess overall oyster health: Final FRDC Report – Project 2008/030, David Raftos, Sham Nair, Melanie Croxford, and Brian J. Jones

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Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Investigation of Chlamydiales-like organisms in pearl oysters, Pinctada maxima FRDC Project 2008/031, Melanie Croxford and Brian J. Jones

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Biology and stock status of inshore demersal scalefish indicator species in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion, Ross Marriott, Gary Jackson, Rodney CJ Lenanton, Carli Telfer, Eva Lai, Peter Stephenson, David Adams, and Jeffrey Norriss

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Evaluating the potential use of change-in-ratio and index removal techniques for determining harvest rates and efficiency increases in the Western Rock Lobster Fishery FRDC Project 2009/019, Simon de Lestang, J Hoeing, Stuart Frusher, and Norman G. Hall

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Identification of critical habitats for juvenile dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum) NRM Project 09038 – Protecting Inshore and Demersal Finfish, Paul D. Lewis, Gabby E. Mitsopoulos, and Brett W. Molony

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Mapping shallow water habitats of the Wallabi Group, Houtman Abrolhos Islands, using remote sensing techniques, Scott N. Evans, Lynda M. Bellchambers, and K Murray

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Minimising gear conflict and resource sharing issues in the Shark Bay trawl fisheries and promotion of scallop recruitment, Mervi I. Kangas, Arani Chandrapavan, Y L. Hetzel, and Erroll C. Sporer

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National Application of Sustainability Indicators for Australian Fisheries Part 2: Ecosystem based frameworks for aquaculture, multi-fishery and international applications FRDC Report – Project 2000/145, Warrick J. Fletcher

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Relative efficiency of fishing gears and investigation of resource availability in tropical demersal scalefish fisheries FRDC REPORT – PROJECT 2006/031, Stephen J. Newman, Euan S. Harvey, Ben M. Rome, Dianne L. McLean, and Craig L. Skepper

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Stock Assessment for the West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery, Simon de Lestang, Nick Caputi, Jason How, Roy Melville-Smith, Adrian Thomson, and Peter Stephenson

Reports from 2011

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Assessing possible environmental causes behind the reduced colonisation of western rock lobster puerulus collectors by a wide suite of species. FRDC report : project 2008/085, Simon de Lestang, Jason How, and Shelley Foster

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Assessment of the risks associated with the release of abalone sourced from Abalone Hatcheries for enhancement or marine grow-out in the open ocean areas of WA, Brian J. Jones and Warrick Fletcher

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Development of an ecosystem approach to the monitoring and management of Western Australian fisheries. Final FRDC report : project 2005/063, Norman G. Hall and Brent S. Wise

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Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management case study report West Coast Bioregion, Warrick J. Fletcher, Jennifer Shaw, Daniel J. Gaughan, and Sarah J. Metcalf

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Human Capacity Building for Introduced Marine Pest Monitoring in Western Australia FRDC Report – Project 2009/319 Tactical Research Fund, Matthew Hourston and Samantha Bridgwood

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Pilot evaluation of the efficacy of electronic monitoring on a demersal gillnet vessel as an alternative to human observers, R Evans and Brett Molony

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Quantifying recreational fishing catch and effort: a pilot study of shore-based fishers in the Perth Metropolitan area, Claire B. Smallwood, K H. Pollock, Brent S. Wise, Norman G. Hall, and Daniel J. Gaughan

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Spatial distribution of shore-based fishers in the greater Perth Metropolitan area over summer 2010/2011, Claire B. Smallwood, Emily A. Fisher, Brent S. Wise, and Daniel J. Gaughan

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Status of the Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery, Danielle Johnston, David Harris, Nick Caputi, Simon de Lestang, and Adrian Thomson

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Stock Assessment for the Shark Bay Scallop Fishery, Mervi Kangas, Errol Brown, Marie Shanks, Arani Chandrapavan, and Adrian Thomson

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The “marine heat wave” off Western Australia during the summer of 2010/11, Alan Pearce, Gary Jackson, Jenny Moore, Ming Feng, and Daniel J. Gaughan