Environment

CO2 emissions already lowered5th March 2013

Diesel costs for the South East Trawl fleet are in the order of 20-25% of total operating costs. Diesel prices have been rising steadily for some years and as such the industry has been strongly incentivised to reduce fuel use for some time. An FRDC report about alternate fuels for fishing vessels found that although there was potential for alternate fuels such as natural gas, LPG, lower grade die...

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Seals safe this grenadier season5th March 2013

Seals are attracted to fishing vessels by the promise of an easy feed, they often chase fish in trawl nets. Unfortunately, some seals become disorientated in trawls and drown. Freezer vessels are boats that freeze fish at sea rather than bring fish home fresh. Around half of the South East Trawl blue grenadier catch is taken by freezer vessels. Seals are protected under the EPBC Act, it is not ill...

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Young guns work to save seals4th March 2013

Ashley McNamara (left) (21) and Brendan McKewen (24) are the Skippers of the 71 foot South East Trawl vessel the Western Alliance. The pair of Gen-Y'ers have volunteered to run the shortened trawl project that was launched in September. The project is supported by ExxonMobil and the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country program. Seals sometimes chase fish into trawls and may drown if they...

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Environment award for trawl fishermen4th March 2013

Australia may have bowed out of the Rugby World Cup in the semis but South East Trawl (SET) Fishermen continue to do well. SET fishermen have been recognised in a strong field and have placed as finalists in the prestigious Environment and Sustainability Awards at the 2011 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Ian Walker (right, Director of Healthy Parks, Parks Victoria) presented the award t...

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