Improving crew safety
Improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of mitigation tools for protected species interactions in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery project
Currently, the tuna industry uses best-practice technologies to manage interactions with wildlife consistent with the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Conservation 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.