Improving by-catch reduction for the Gulf St Vincent prawn fishery

Pilot program

Bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) are used by trawl fishers to allow non-target fish to escape from the net before it is hauled back into the boat. In 2010, Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges with Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), OceanWatch – SeaNet South Australia conducted a trial of a new BRD in the Gulf St Vincent prawn fishery.

Led by South Australian Research and Development Institute scientists, the trial yielded positive results with evidence showing that BRDs reduced bycatch. Use of underwater cameras to view BRDs in action was useful to understand the devices’ catch efficiency and will aid future development of BRDs and efficient gear technology in the future.

Project update

In 2013, this pilot program won a Seafood for the Future Environmental Award, in collaboration with:

  • OceanWatch Australia – SeaNet South Australia
  • South Australian Research and Development Institute
  • Department of Primary Industries and Resources of South Australia
  • Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishermen's Association
  • Lankhorst Euronete Australia.

This award is presented to an individual, company, organisation, activity, project or event that has made a significant contribution toward:

  • protecting or rehabilitating fisheries environments and ecosystems
  • innovation
  • minimising the industry’s impact on the environment.

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Lead agency

SARDI

Partners

OceanWatch Australia – SeaNet South Australia; SARDI; Primary Industries and Regions SA; Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishermen's Association; Lankhorst Euronete Australia.

Funding partners

  • Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
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Location

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges