Field trials to experimentally test if alternative sea lion excluder devices (SLEDs) adequately prevent Australian sea lions from entering rock lobster pots
SARDI Food Safety and Innovation
Simon D. Goldsworthy
1. Undertake field trials to determine the relative effectiveness of up to four industry-developed alternative sea lion exclusion devices (SLEDs) at reducing the success of rock lobster pot-entry by a) juvenile and adult Australian sea lions (ASL), and b) 4-5 month old fur seal pups (as proxies for ASL pups). Both trials will compare the effectiveness of alternative industry-developed SLEDs to the current (mandatory) “spike” SLED and a control pot with no SLED.