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Assessment of novel gear designs to reduce interactions between species

Welch, D. J., Tobin, A., Page, J., McLennan, M., Saunders, R. J., Pears, R., Moore, S., Green, N. and Tobin, R. (2016) Assessment of novel gear designs to reduce interactions between species. Project Report. FRDC.

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Article Link: http://frdc.com.au/research/final-reports/Pages/20...


This project tested modified gillnets designed by commercial net fishers in the Queensland East Coast Inshore Finfish Fishery (ECIFF) to try and identify gears that would mitigate and/or improve interactions between fishing nets and Species of Conservation Interest (SOCI). The study also documents previously unrecognised initiatives by pro-active commercial net fishers that reflect a conservation-minded approach to their fishing practices, which is the opposite of what is perceived publicly.
Between 2011 and 2014, scientists from James Cook University and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries teamed with commercial fishers representing the Queensland Seafood Industry Association and the Moreton Bay Seafood Industry Association to conduct field trials of various modified net designs under normal fishery conditions. Trials were conducted in Moreton Bay (southern part of the fishery) and Bowling Green Bay (northern) and tested different net designs developed by fishers to improve the nature of interactions between net fishing gear and SOCI.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final report SOCI, conservation species, net fishingm species interactions, modified net designs, fisher intiatives, fisher interviews, dugong, turtles
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Methods and gear. Catching of fish
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery technology
Live Archive:23 Nov 2011 01:15
Last Modified:05 Dec 2022 01:07

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