Environment

South East Trawl fish found to have low carbon footprint17th July 2013

The concept of sustainability in seafood generally relates to issues such as overfishing, by-catch and impacts on marine habitats. Researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania, are looking more broadly at the sustainability of seafood supply by assessing the carbon footprint across the supply chain. Marine capture fisheries account for 1.2% of global...

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Fleet 100% compliant with gear regulations13th May 2013

All SE trawl vessels are required to run fishing gear that allows small fish to escape. The rules are technical but all vessels must either use large mesh in their codend (the end of the net that collects the fish) or use a by-catch reduction device (BRD). BRDs are used in many trawl fisheries, they allow small fish and in some cases non-commercial species to escape the trawl. Approved BRDs in the...

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Seismic surveys nominated as key threatening process4th April 2013

The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA), with the support of industry around Australia, has lodged a nomination with the Department of Sustainability, the Environment, Water, Population and Communities for marine seismic survey activities as a key threatening process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. ...

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2nd generation seabird management5th March 2013

South East Trawl vessels managing offal to reduce their attractiveness to seabirds but also use pinkies (buoys) to physically deflect seabirds away from warps (cables used to tow nets). Both are part of what is known as a Seabird Management Plan (SMP). Operating to an approved SMP is now a condition on the fishing permit of all South East Trawl vessels and is fully supported by industry. Pinkies s...

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