Net mitigation workshop

2013 Australasian Net Mitigation Workshop

Southern Seabird Solutions Trust held a two day workshop in October 2013 to brainstorm technical solutions to mitigate seabird capture in net fisheries.

"Having a wide range of skills (from vessel to lab) meant that we were able to discuss both ends of the spectrum and test ideas for all the things that matter: possible efficacy, cost, operational fit, safety, possible effect on catch, cost etc. This didn't mean we didn't conjure up some pretty "out there" concepts but these were whittled down in the prioritising process" Comment from FINZ weekly newsletter, 8/11/2013.

The workshop was attended by individuals from New Zealand and Australia with expertise in net fishing methods, net manufacture, and seabird behaviour. The workshop report is available for download and we will upload progress reports on each new mitigation tool and practice as they develop.

Thank you to our workshop sponsors

Relevant net mitigation information

Birdlife International Bycatch Mitigation Factsheet 14 - Trawl Fisheries: Net entanglement

Preliminary Results for the Review of Mitigation Methods in Setnet Fisheries (Childerhouse, S. and Steptoe, V., 2013) - Presentation

Review of mitigation techniques for gill net fisheries and applicability to New Zealand fisheries(Childerhouse, S., 2013) - Reference list

Mitigating Seabird Interactions with Trawl Nets - A report commissioned for the Department of Conservation (Clement and Associates, 2009)

Seabird bycatch reduction in scampi trawl fisheries - Report prepared for the Department of Conservation (Pierre, J., Cleal, J., Thompson, F.N., Abraham, E.R., 2001)

Level 1 Risk Assessment for Incidental Seabird Mortality Associated with New Zealand Fisheries in the NZ-EEZ (Rowe, S., 2010)