How can we reduce the number of seabirds caught in fishing wires

Australia’s South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association Limited (SETFIA) has started a project to reduce the number of seabirds caught by wires on trawl fishing vessels.

Simon Boag, SETFIA’s EO said, to Worldfishing, that all trawl vessels in South East Australia and the Great Australian Bight operate with regulated Seabird Management Plans to limit interactions with seabirds, and most vessels currently use large inflatable buoys attached to the vessel to ensure that seabirds do not collide with trawl cables.

– Although the buoys are effective, they are very difficult to use, and don’t work as well, because they tangle, he said.

– So we’re keen to use the grant to develop alternative mitigation measures that are at least as effective as the buoys, but are more practical for use on trawl vessels.

Read more here: How can we reduce the number of seabirds caught in fishing wires

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