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Reducing Prawn-trawl Bycatch in Australia: An Overview and an Example from Queensland

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Robins, J. B., Campbell, M. J. and McGilvray, J. G. (1999) Reducing Prawn-trawl Bycatch in Australia: An Overview and an Example from Queensland. Marine Fisheries Review, 61 (3). p. 46. ISSN 00901830

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Prawn trawling occurs in most states of Australia in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. Bycatch occurs to some degree in all Australian trawl fisheries, and there is pressure to reduce the levels of trawl fishery bycatch. This paper gives a brief overview of the bycatch issues and technological solutions that have been evaluated or adopted in Australian prawn-trawl fisheries. Turtle excluder devices (TED's) and bycatch reduction devices (BRD's) are the principal solutions to bycatch in Australian prawn-trawl fisheries. This paper focuses on a major prawn-trawl fishery of northeastern Australia, and the results of commercial use of TED's and BRD's in the Queensland east coast trawl fishery are presented. New industry designs are described, and the status of TED and BRD adoption and regulation is summarized. The implementation of technological solutions to reduce fishery bycatch is assumed generally to assist prawn-trawl fisheries within Australia in achieving legislative requirements for minimal environmental impact and ecological sustainable development.

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Business groups:Animal Science
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Keywords:Bycatch reduction devices Fisheries Shrimps (Animals) Turtle excluder devices
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