The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is showcasing Australia’s sustainable Commonwealth fisheries, by featuring operators using best practice bycatch handling techniques, in its new bycatch handling education video.
AFMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr James Findlay, said that correct bycatch handling has a significant impact on the ongoing survival of marine life, and it helps to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries and marine ecosystems.
“We’ve seen a number of excellent examples of operators using best practice when dealing with bycatch, and fishers are proactively working to minimise their impact with minimal effect to their overall operations,” Dr Findlay said.
“Part of the success of the introduction of the conditions has been education, to help ensure operators know what best practice looks like, and how to minimise their impact on the marine environment through the timely return of live bycatch to the water.
“This video will be an additional education resource for fisheries officers to show fishing operators real-life examples of the correct methods of bycatch handling.”
The educational video has been made available on AFMA’s YouTube channel, website and Facebook page.
AFMA also has guides to help fishers with bycatch including:
- Bycatch Handling and Treatment Guide 2016/17
- Shark and Ray Handling Practices – A guide for commercial fishers in southern Australia
- Bycatch Handling Practices Guide for commonly caught bycatch species
AFMA website: afma.gov.au