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Conservation ecology of the black cod (Epinephelus daemelii)

Funding: 2005: $24,148
2006: $24,148
2007: $24,148

Project Member(s): Booth, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
NSW Fisheries

Start year: 2005

Summary: Black cod is a large, reef fish species that was once common and commercially important in NSW. Today, Black Cod is listed as vulnerable, and we know little more of their biology than when they were first protected in 1983. This project will significantly increase the effectiveness of Black cod management by determining their distribution, abundance, stock structure, fecundity, spawning behaviour and recruitment. This will allow implementation of an effective recovery plan and a review of the status of Black Cod internationally and by the Federal Government. Collaboration with NSW Fisheries Grey Nurse Shark program will allow assessment of the importance of Grey Nurse critical habitat areas in maintaining Black Cod populations.

Keywords: black cod, spawning aggregations, acoustic tagging, threatened species ecology,

FOR Codes: Living resources (flora and fauna), Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology, Life Histories (incl. Population Ecology), Fish not elsewhere classified, Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Population Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified