Fishery industry awarded innovation grant

January 14, 2014

A project to reduce the number of seabirds caught up by fishing practices will receive funding under the Australian Government's Innovation Grants.

Senator Colbeck today announced the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association Limited (SETFIA) will receive up to $356,840 for a project to trial innovative mitigation measures to reduce the number of seabirds caught by wires on trawl fishing vessels.

"This grant will help the fishing industry ensure our natural resources are here to support future generations," Senator Colbeck said.

"The Australian commercial fishing sector has made significant progress in recent years to improve environmental performance.

"The Australian Government is pleased to partner with the industry to continue this important work in the supply of sustainable seafood, which is also valued by the broader community."

Senator Colbeck said the SETFIA project would also educate young skippers in best practice international mitigation techniques and promote the techniques through port visits and industry workshops.

Senator Colbeck said projects were being funded around the country as part of the Australian Government's $21.2 million Innovation Grants.

"New on-the-ground projects will give farmers, fishers, groups and businesses more tools to implement sustainable practices, reduce farm costs and build productivity," he said.

The full list of projects is available at http://www.daff.gov.au/innovationgrants

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