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									   Investigating options to improve bycatch reduction in
      tropical prawn fisheries: a workshop for fishers

                 Cairns Yacht Squadron, Cairns, Qld

                           November 21 – 22, 2006

This two-day workshop is designed to bring prawn fishers, net makers and others
together to evaluate the potential of new, innovative options to reduce bycatch and
improve fishing efficiency in tropical prawn trawl fisheries. The workshop has invited
fishers and net makers involved in the development of innovative BRDs as well as several
Australian and international speakers to provide presentations on the application of new
options to reduce bycatch. Workshop participants will have ample opportunity to discuss
the merits and potential application of these options to their fishery as well as present
their own ideas for bycatch reduction and fishing efficiency. The workshop also seeks to
engage fishers in the development of a coordinated plan for future bycatch reduction
research that meets the needs of the fishing industry.


The results of a new project testing an innovative, seabed friendly otter board and a
‘soft-brush’ ground gear will also be presented and on display, as well as underwater video
of this new gear in operation. This new fishing gear has the potential to considerably
reduce seabed impact, the catch of benthic animals and the amount of fuel consumed by
trawling.


This workshop is organised by the Australian Maritime College (AMC), AFMA, CSIRO
Marine & Atmospheric Research, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and
Fisheries (QDPI&F) and the fishing industry, and is sponsored by the Fisheries Research
and Development Council and the AFMA. Further information about this workshop can be
obtained from Adrianne Burke (AFMA) on 02 6272 4834 or Wade Whitelaw on 02 6272
5029; Steve Eayrs (AMC) on 03 6335 4424; Tony Courtney (QDPI) on 07 8187 9582, or
Denis Ballam (SEANET) on 0403 065 723.

All prawn fishers and net makers are invited to attend this workshop. There is no charge
to attend this workshop, which includes lunch on both days as well as a BBQ on the
evening of November 21.
   Workshop program – Day 1

   Session 1 – Case study accounts by fishers and others of BRD design, performance and uptake

              Session 1                                       Speakers
0830 - 0835 • Workshop welcome, objectives & proposed Steve Eayrs (Australian Maritime College)
              outcomes
0835 - 0845   • Drivers for improvement in bycatch            Wade Whitelaw (AFMA)
                reduction
0845 - 0945   • Current status of existing BRDs including     • Nick Rawlinson (Australian Maritime College) –
                catching performance & uptake                    Results of NPF TED & BRD industry questionnaire

                                                              • Tony Courtney, Matthew Campbell and Shane Gaddes
                                                                 (QDPI&F) – Research and extension on TEDs and
                                                                 BRDs in the QLD trawl fishery since 2001

                                                              • Erik Raudzens (AMFA) – The performance of the
                                                                 Popeye fish excluder (fishbox) in the NPF

                                                              • Others TBA
0945 - 1015   • Coffee break
1015 - 1145   • Case-study accounts by fishers and others • Popeye (Popeye Netmaking) – Design, rigging and
                involved in BRD design, catching and            operation of the Popeye fish excluder (fishbox)
                handling performance
                                                              • Jim Yarrow (NPF fisher) - Design, rigging and
                                                                operation of the Yarrow fisheye
                                                              • Andy Prendergast (Newfishing Aust.) – Design, rigging
                                                                and performance of the T90 codend

                                                              • Phil Robson (A. Raptis & Sons) - Design, rigging and
                                                                performance of the shark shield and the application of
                                                                glow sticks to attract fish towards a BRD

                                                              • Others TBA
1145 - 1245   • Open discussion of options to improve         • Group discussion
                performance of existing BRD designs
1245 - 1330 • Lunch



   Session 2 – International progress in bycatch reduction and innovative options to reduce bycatch in
   tropical prawn fisheries

1330 - 1430   • Presentation by international experts in    • Chris Glass (University of New Hampshire, USA) –
                progress in bycatch reduction                 Bycatch reduction research in N. American & European
                                                              fisheries: a review

                                                            • Dan Foster (National Marine Fisheries Service, USA) -
                                                              Bycatch reduction research in the Gulf of Mexico, USA

                                                            • Bundit Chokesanguan (SEAFDEC Thailand) -
                                                              Application of the Juvenile & Trash Excluder Device in
                                                              S.E. Asia

                                                            • Others TBA
1430 - 1500   • Open discussion of outstanding issues       • Group discussion
                and future goals to improve BRD
                performance
1500 - 1530   • Coffee break
1530 - 1630   • Application of innovative options to        • Dan Foster (National Marine Fisheries Service, USA) -
                reduce bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries       Application of electricity to reduce bycatch in shrimp trawl
                                                              fisheries
                                                             • Rob McCauley (Curtin University, W.A.) & Geoff
                                                                   McPherson (QDPI) - Application of acoustics to reduce
                                                                   bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries

                                                             • David Maynard (AMC) - Application of light stimuli to
                                                                   reduce bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries
1630 - 1645 • Electronic logbooks                            • Dieter Bohm (Catchlog) – Use & benefits of electronic
                                                                   logbooks in commercial fisheries




   Workshop program – Day 2

   Session 3 – Innovative options to reduce bycatch

              Workshop program                                     Speakers
0830 - 1030 • Application of innovative options to reduce          • Chris Glass (University of New Hampshire, USA) –
              bycatch in prawn trawl fisheries                       Status of knowledge of fish behaviour in demersal
                                                                     trawl fisheries

                                                                   • Steve Eayrs (Australian Maritime College) - Status of
                                                                     knowledge of prawn behaviour in prawn trawl
                                                                     fisheries

                                                                   • David Sterling (Director, Sterling Fisheries, QLD) –
                                                                     Performance of innovative otter boards and ground
                                                                     gear to reduce bycatch and seabed impact

                                                                   • Steve Eayrs (Australian Maritime College) – Potential
                                                                     application of headline modification to reduce bycatch

                                                                   • John Wakeford (Australian Maritime College) – Flow
                                                                     field studies in and around TEDs & BRDs: potential to
                                                                     improve BRD performance
1030 - 1100 • Coffee break

1100 - 1230 • Open discussion on the potential use and             • Group discussion
              application of these options to reduce
              bycatch in Australian fisheries
1230 - 1330 Lunch



   Session 4 - Options to improve fuel efficiency, and planning for the future


   1330 - 1400 • Presentation on fuel efficiency options for          • David Sterling (Director, Sterling Fisheries, QLD) –
                 prawn trawlers                                         Fishing gear modifications to improve fuel
                                                                        efficiency

   1400 - 1600   • Planning and prioritisation of future efforts      • Group discussion
                   to reduce bycatch for
                           o Industry

                           o Management

                           o Research Organisations

   1600 - 1700   • Discussion on reporting and dissemination          • Group discussion
                    of information and outcomes from the
                    workshop; description of future projects;
                    future R&D; concluding remarks

								
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