Effects of Trawling Subprogram: commercialisation of bycatch reduction strategies and devices in northern Australian prawn trawl fisheries
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD)
Principal Investigator: J. Robins, S. Eayrs, M. Campbell, G. Day and J. McGilvray
1. Inform and consult commercial trawl fishers about ways and means of reducing the catch of non-target organisms in their trawl nets.
2. Further develop promising by-catch reduction devices and other by-catch reduction strategies under commercial conditions.
3. Document, accumulate and publish performance data of turtle excluder devices and by-catch reduction gears suitable for the commercial fishing industry of the Queensland East Coast, the Torres Strait, the Northern Prawn Fishery, and other interested parties.
4. Encourage and promote the use of by-catch reduction devices by commercial trawl operators.