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Fish assemblages associated with oil industry structures on the continental shelf of north-western Australia
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2013
© 2013 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Journal of Fish Biology
Volume 84, Issue 1, pages 247–255, January 2014
How to Cite
Pradella, N., Fowler, A. M., Booth, D. J. and Macreadie, P. I. (2014), Fish assemblages associated with oil industry structures on the continental shelf of north-western Australia. Journal of Fish Biology, 84: 247–255. doi: 10.1111/jfb.12274
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 AUG 2013
- artificial reef;
- Lutjanus argentimaculatus;
- video analysis
This study provides the first assessment of fish associations with oil and gas structures located in deep water (85–175 m) 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 109 kg.