The Fish Forums are a series of free public events to explore fishing topics with experts.
This time the bycatch of dolphins in the SA Sardine Fishery is the hot topic. In 2004/05, an observer program showed that the SA Sardine Fishery was killing hundreds of dolphins each year, despite only a handful being reported. The fishery was closed down, and a Code of Practice developed to mitigate dolphin interactions. With a number of refinements over the past decade, observer data has shown that dolphin bycatch can be mitigated with considerable success.
Unfortunately, a decade of red flags has left CCSA with little confidence that the Code of Practice is being consistently applied, with perennial under-reporting of dolphin interactions and evidence that the observer program is not representative of typical sardine fishing behaviour. We believe that the monitoring and management of dolphin interactions requires an independent review and management overhaul.
This forum will provide brief presentations on government research, conservation and industry perspectives followed by questions from the floor to a panel of experts.
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Adelaide, SA 5000
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