World-class study on the Maugean Skate
In an earlier post this month, we touched on what is known about the elusive Maugean Skate living in Macquarie Harbour. These unique and endangered animals will be getting some attention from scientists over the next 12 months through a project lead by IMAS and funded through the government via the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Researchers will be tagging 40 or so animals with acoustic tags and will track them over a twelve month period. This research will give scientists answers about how the skates use the harbour, and how they behave at different depths in different seasons.
The data and findings of the project are of great importance in Macquarie Harbour, especially, since the expansion of salmon farms have been granted. The findings are important because, we simply don’t know enough to say whether or not this species may be affected by the expansion. Anyway, the project itself is good news for the knowledge base of the Maugean skate, scientists and and is a good example of industry sparked scientific research.
According to ABC News even “The Tasmanian Salmon Growers Association will be contributing cash, boats and people to the project.”