Fish assemblages associated with oil industry structures on the continental shelf of north-western Australia

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Journal of Fish Biology, 2014, 84 (1), pp. 247 - 255
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This study provides the first assessment of fish associations with oil and gas structures located in deep water (85-175m) on Australia's north-west continental shelf, using rare oil industry video footage obtained from remotely operated vehicles. A diverse range of taxa were observed associating with the structures, including reef-dependent species and transient pelagic species. Ten commercially fished species were observed, the most abundant of which was Lutjanus argentimaculatus, with an estimated biomass for the two deepest structures (Goodwyn and Echo) of 109kg. © 2013 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
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