Environment

Seabird success11th July 2014

All Commonwealth trawl vessels in South East Australia and the Great Australian Bight already operate under regulated Seabird Management Plans (SMPs) to minimise interactions with seabirds. Compliance with an SMP is a condition on the fishing license. Under these plans all vessels must manage their offal by batching or retaining it (to avoid attracting the seabirds) and use a miti...

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Trawl vessels to receive text messages when they transit marine parks23rd June 2014

Parks Australia manages six Commonwealth national parks on land, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Australia's network of Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Parks Australia is part of the fede...

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A Recreational Fisherman’s Perspective on Drawing the Line14th May 2014

By Lynton Barr Editor of online recreational fishing magazine "Around the Jetties" delbarr1@bigpond.com On the 30th of April I attended a film screened by SETFIA (The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association) and the Lakes Entrance Fishermens Cooperative for the public. This was an excellent film examining many aspects of the offshore fishery industry, and in particular looking at the pr...

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What affect has fishing had on deepsea corals?4th March 2014

A project undertaken at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, and supervised by Dr Karen Miller [Reproduced in full from the project summary by the Australia and Pacific Science Foundation]. Seamounts are recognised as hotspots of biodiversity, but are...

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