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

Robins, J. B. and 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), pp. 46-55.

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Abstract

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 fi sheries. 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.

Item Type: Article
Title: Reducing Prawn-trawl Bycatch in Australia: An Overview and an Example from Queensland
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Robins, J. B.
Campbell, M. J.
McGilvray, J. G.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 61
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 46-55
Date: 1999
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9791
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:13
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:13
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9791

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