Environment

SETFIA and seabird conservation21st October 2015

Seabirds are attracted to fishing vessels by the sight and smell of fish and fish offal.  At times seabirds have no interest in fishing vessels but at other times their behaviour becomes frenzied.  During these periods they can be injured or killed when they strike the steel cables (warps) used to tow trawl nets. SETFIA members are committed to minimising their environmental impact while catc...

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SETFIA, AFMA and the Australian Maritime College’s plan to save seals15th April 2015

To address the issue of seal bycatch in trawl fisheries, SETFIA and AFMA are funding a fishing gear design competition open to all students of the Australian Maritime College and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. The competition will encourage innovative thinking in the next generation of fisheries managers and marine engineers by asking students to design bycatch mitigation devices ...

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Did shortened nets reduce seal interactions?12th March 2015

In March last year the newsletter reported on a project that aimed to reduce seal interactions with trawlers. The project was supported by AFMA through funding from the Australian Government and ExxonMobil Australia. Reducing the chance of seal interactions is a logical step for the fishery which is actively working to improve its sustainability. Seals opportunistically feed on fish inside of t...

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Current seabird mitigations have reduced problem by 75%17th September 2014

Warp deflectors, commonly known as ‘pinkies’, have been proven effective in reducing seabird interactions with trawl warp wires by 75% according to the results in the report by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority titled, Assessing the Effectiveness of Seabird Mitigation Devices in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery of Australia. A summary of the report ca...

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