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 […]

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, […]

Crew member Richard Knox couldn’t believe his eyes when this massive pink ling was hauled on board the Petuna Endeavour. The average pink ling is 1m long and weighs less than 10 kg’s. The maximum reported weight for pink ling is 25 kg’s at which time it would be 30 years old. However, the pink […]

Prior to management under the Harvest Strategy, eastern gemfish were depleted in southern NSW when in the 70’s and 80’s when catches were as high as 7,000 tonnes a year. Eastern gemfish spawn in June, July and August and most by-catch is taken in winter as the fish undertake their spawning run on NSW’s south […]

A few facts about marine parks: • Before proclamation of the most recent Marine Reserves on 16 November 2012, the total area of Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was almost 839,000 km2 (including the Great Barrier Reef network established between 1983 and 2004 and the 2006 South East Marine Reserve Network). After proclamation, the total […]

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released the 17th edition of Fishery Status Report (2011). This annual report is similar to the ground breaking national snapshot report released in December but the latest Fishery Status Report covers all fish species managed by the Commonwealth Government (not those managed by […]

Basking shark becomes a 3d model The last newsletter reported on the once in a lifetime capture of a large basking shark by a South East Trawl fishing boat and its donation to the Melbourne Museum. Dr Martin Gomon from the Museum has provided the Association an update on the work completed since the shark […]