Improving crew safety

Improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of mitigation tools for protected species interactions in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery project

Project Details

  • Funded by: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

  • Project dates: November 2020–June 2022

  • Partner: Future Catch Consulting

  • Project leader: Phil Ravanello, Program Manager

  • Location: East coast of Australia

Currently, the tuna industry uses best-practice technologies to manage interactions with wildlife consistent with the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and PetrelsConservation and Management Measures of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and ETBF Management arrangements. These technologies are highly successful, resulting in low interactions. But some of these technologies have safety issues.

This project will explore new and improved wildlife mitigation technologies that enhance crew safety. Specifically, the project will test and evaluate a large number of mitigation technologies—including line weighting and tori lines—to ensure they are effective, efficient and safe. In addition, the project will test other technical improvements to existing mitigation equipment, such as side setting and tori line standardisation.

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