20 12, 2018

Government funding package for bait prawn fishers caught in SEQld White Spot zone

2018-12-21T10:01:15+00:00December 20th, 2018|Government Funding, White Spot Disease|

On Friday 14 December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $5 million package over three years to be shared among local organisations to relieve costs of keeping Australia free of White Spot. Queensland’s continuing efforts to control and contain White Spot mean uncooked prawns, including those used for bait, are unable to be moved [...]

31 10, 2018

Catch innovation – FishEX 70

2018-10-31T10:39:41+00:00October 31st, 2018|Innovation|

Austral Fisheries FishEX 70 The NPF trialled Austral Fisheries’ FishEX 70, a modification of Kon’s Covered Fisheyes, in this year’s banana prawn season with AFMA scientific observers.  The FishEX 70 is a single device set at 65 meshes from the codend drawstrings while the Kon’s Covered Fisheye is a double device. Scientific trial [...]

30 10, 2018

Organisation Updates

2018-10-30T15:33:07+00:00October 30th, 2018|ACPF, RD&E|

The ACPF Members and RD&E forums and 2018 AGM took place in Brisbane on 26th September with 15 members participating, either in person or by video link. Forum updates included a progress and investment report against the ACPF Strategic & RD & E plans, trace metals profiles, national SeSafe project, bycatch reduction/trawl efficiency project [...]

30 10, 2018

Prawn Broodstock Importation Risks

2018-10-30T11:39:24+00:00October 30th, 2018|ACPF|

The ACPF provided a submission to the Australian Government (Department of the Environment and Energy) in response to the ProAqua P/L’s application to import specific pathogen free live Penaeus monodon broodstock from certified disease free hatcheries in Thailand or Hawaii into an Australian quarantine facility for breeding. ProAqua made the application as a means [...]

18 10, 2018

Proving prawn provenance by their trace metals

2018-10-30T01:23:26+00:00October 18th, 2018|RD&E|

Prawn samples covering all of Australia’s major fishing and aquaculture areas will be analysed by Source Certain International (SCI)* for their identifying trace metal profiles by mid 2019. The database of trace metal profiles aims to provide the industry with the ability to prove provenance and product integrity. The technical ability to prove a [...]

18 10, 2018

Making community links

2018-10-30T00:17:24+00:00October 18th, 2018|ACPF|

Ben Hale, Love Australian Prawn campaign manager presenting at QSMA Seafood Marketing Symposium A number of ACPF members participated in the Seafood Industry Australia (SIA)-led workshop on 27th September to develop a 'Pledge' to grow community acceptance of the Australian seafood industry. SIA will road test the Pledge across the industry in [...]

18 10, 2018

Fisher exchange – Shark Bay Crew Member Observers off to NPF Training Program

2018-10-31T10:40:25+00:00October 18th, 2018|ACPF|

Congratulations to Scott Clarke, Cristina Maccagnola and Alfan Ansori (Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators’ Association) who will receive a total of $4500 for their group to attend the NPF’s Crew Member Observer Program (CMOP) training in July 2019.  Scott, Cristina and Alfan are Shark Bay’s Crew Member Observers.  By being part of NPF’s training, [...]

18 10, 2018

Bycatch Reduction / Catch Efficiency Workshops UPDATE

2018-10-30T00:06:50+00:00October 18th, 2018|Innovation, RD&E|

UPDATE: 18 October 2018 Port meetings continue in prawn fisheries to explain techniques for greater bycatch reduction and improved catch efficiency as part of the ACPF bycatch extension project.  Common interest was expressed by our members on 26th September in : a) examining Kon’s Covered Fisheye and/or the FishEX 70 compared to the square [...]

17 10, 2018

NSILP 2018 – Plastic Free Fish

2018-10-30T13:25:46+00:00October 17th, 2018|ACPF|

Adrianne Laird (with Bryan Van Wyk from Austral Fisheries) Adrianne Laird, with Plastic Free Fish team members in the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) 2018, and in partnership with OceanWatch Australia, is calling on the Australian Seafood Industry to take the pledge to help reduce plastic waste going to landfill and the aquatic environment. Every year [...]

18 09, 2018

NSILP Seafood PROUDuctions – Prawn Fishing, Spencer Gulf King Prawns

2018-10-30T01:03:05+00:00September 18th, 2018|ACPF|

Ashley Lukin, 3rd generation prawn fisherman from Spencer Gulf, has produced an insight into the day in the life of a prawn fisher with fellow team mates as part of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) 2018. Both the ACPF and Spencer Gulf & West Coast Prawn Fisherman's Association have recognised Ashley [...]