Investigation of School and Gummy Shark Nursery Areas in South East Tasmania, Australia, 1991-1997

Bruce Baker, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Australia


Primary contact Bruce Baker CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere N/A
Secondary contact Dave Watts CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere


Baker, B. 2020. Investigation of School and Gummy Shark Nursery Areas in South East Tasmania, Australia, 1991-1997. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (


School shark pupping areas in inshore waters of Tasmania identified by Olsen in the 1940s and 1950s were re-sampled using gillnets & longlines from 1991-97.
Catch data includes a wide variety of sharks, rays and teleosts species, the most numerous being: Squalus megalops, Platycephalus bassensis, Squalus acanthias, Pseudophycis bachus, Aldrichetta forsteri, Mustelus antarticus, Callorhynchus milii, Galeorhinus galeus, Tracurus declivis, Cephaloscyllium laticeps, Neosebastes scorpaenoides, Platycephalus richardsoni, and Sillago bassensis. The fish catch data was taken from school shark nursery areas in Tasmania and Victoria, this study is split into 2 portions, first a 12 month study (91-92), followed by a multi-year study (92-97).



Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS ( The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks1,830
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1991-10-16
Date, End1997-03-20
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude-43.29 - -41.19
Longitude146.57 - 148.21
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughiOBIS
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Shared with None
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