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Comparisons of fish catches using fyke nets and buoyant pop nets in a vegetated shallow water saltmarsh flat at Towra Point, NSW

Authors:

Debashish Mazumder ,

Neil Saintilan,

Robert J. Williams

Abstract

The selection of appropriate sampling methods is a prerequisite for the design of any survey detailing nekton assemblages. In the present study two commonly used saltmarsh fish sampling methods, the fyke net and the buoyant pop net, were used to compare the assemblages of fish caught in a saltmarsh flat during monthly spring tides over a twelve month period. Both nets were made of 2mm mesh. A total of 3514 fish and crustaceans of 21 species were captured by 48 fyke net sets and 818 fish of 16 species were captured by 48 pop net releases. Fyke and pop nets recorded significantly different (ANOSIM: P<0.001) assemblages, with higher proportions of Pseudomugil signifer caught in the fyke nets and Ambassis jacksoniensis in the pop nets. Five species, Sillago cilliata, Rhabdosargus sarba, Redigobius macrostoma, Taeniodes mordax and Metapenaeus macleayi, were caught in the fyke nets only. Significant differences in the size of fish caught were recorded for two species, Gobiopterus semivestitus and Gerres subfasciatus, with larger fish on average caught in the pop nets. The result suggested that pop nets are less efficient at catching smaller fish.
How to Cite: Mazumder, D., Saintilan, N. and Williams, R.J., 2006. Comparisons of fish catches using fyke nets and buoyant pop nets in a vegetated shallow water saltmarsh flat at Towra Point, NSW. Wetlands Australia, 23(1), pp.pp. 37–46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.288
Published on 08 Mar 2006.
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