Our fishing vessels operate under strict fishing regulations at both Federal and State level ensuring that the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery maintains its accreditation under federal legislation (the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) as being ecologically sustainable.
It is compulsory within the Queensland Trawl Fishery for all trawl nets to be fitted with Turtle Exclusion Devices (TED’s) and Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRD’s) to keep the ecological impact trawling operations have on other marine species to an absolute minimum.
Turtle excluder devices
Trawl nets are used to catch prawns and scallops in northern Australia. Unfortunately, trawl nets also catch a wide variety and sometimes large quantity of unwanted species. Sea turtles, sting rays and sharks can also be incidentally caught in the trawl net.