Gillnetting on the Ross River mudflats, Townsville

Big fish in shallow water; use of an intertidal surf-zone habitat by large-bodied teleosts and elasmobranchs in tropical northern Australia

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Environmental Biology of Fishes
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This year-long study was the brainchild of one of my PhD supervisors, Dr Andrew Tobin. Based on his observations as an commercial gillnet fisher, Andrew wanted to document the use of extremely shallow water habitats by a guild of large predatory teleosts and elasmobranchs that occurred on each incoming tide. Such observations were inconsistent with the prevailing scientific narrative that shallow waters represented a refuge from predators.