21 August 2015
Future fisheries managers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) were today recognised for their innovative designs for devices to reduce the incidental capture of seals during trawl fishing.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck visited the IMAS Launceston Campus to announce the winners of the competition which was jointly sponsored by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA).
"It is great to see such innovation and enthusiasm from students to design 'real' solutions for challenges faced by Australia's trawl fisheries," Senator Colbeck said.
"Innovation is important as we continue to work together with industry and other fishery stakeholders to ensure Australia's fisheries management practices remain among the very best in the world.
"Congratulations to the winner, Tommy Cheo and his Nagging Siren design. It's encouraging to see a student interested in developing potential solutions to address real issues faced by industry."
The winning design, the Nagging Siren is a mechanical device towed behind the boat or attached to the fishing gear that, when dragged through the water, emits an irritating noise intended to deter seals from entering the area around the fishing operations.
The list of winners, along with comments from the judges is in the document attached.