Disseminating existing bycatch reduction and fuel efficiency technologies throughout Australia's prawn fisheries
Prawn trawling is among the world's least selective fishing methods, the unintended consequence being large quantities of bycatch. It is also a method that can disturb benthic habitats and use large quantities of fuel, a significant running cost for many fisheries. Issues of bycatch and fuel efficiency are of significant concern to many stakeholders including prawn trawl operators, environmental groups, eco-labelling agencies and the general public. This project provided and disseminated solutions to these issues and as a consequence this work also contributes to improved perceptions of the industry’s social licence to operate.
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