SEF Bycatch Reduction

Effects of Trawling Subprogram: Maximising yields and reducing discards in the South East Trawl Fishery through gear development and evaluation

  • Develop and evaluate modifications of trawl gear to reduce the capture and subsequent discard of small fish by SEF trawl vessels.
  • Measure the effectiveness of gear modification in the reduction of discarding against bycatch targets and indicators in the SETF Bycatch Action Plan to be developed by the SETMAC bycatch action plan working group.
  • Quantify the economic implications of gear modifications to Industry. (Ensure appropriate data are collected to allow assessment of long-term economic outcomes).
  • Develop an extension strategy to ensure background and progress of project are adequately communicated to Industry, AFMA and the wider community.