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Title:

Understanding environmental and fisheries factors causing fluctuations in mud crab and blue swimmer crab fisheries in northern Australia to inform harvest strategies

Project Number:

2017-047

Organisation:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD)

Principal Investigator:

Julie B. Robins

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$161,433.33

Program(s):

Environment, Industry

Objectives

1. Evaluate the role of a broad range of environmental drivers on catch variation in Northern Territory and Queensland crab fisheries of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

2. Explore the relative importance of fishing pressure compared to environmentally driven variability using a population model of the GoC mud crab fishery.

3. Provide advice to support the development of harvest strategies appropriate for crab fisheries in northern Australia.