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Dennis Holder

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Dennis Holder, from Largs North adjacent to Port Adelaide in South Australia, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. He will investigate technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial fishing vessels.

Dennis operates a purpose-built, 24-metre aluminium boat for the wild catch of Blue Swimmer Crabs. The boat FV Silver Spectre and its fishing equipment reduced their carbon footprint and bycatch of juvenile crabs by 92%, while increasing operating efficiencies by over 50%. He has three fishing licences in SA, with a total quota holding of 220 tonnes. This is about 35 per cent of the SA Total Allowable Commercial Catch and enables him to supply markets in SA, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Dennis plans to use his scholarship to assess new marine technologies in electric propulsion and drive systems, energy storage and power generation for hybrid operations.

“Fishing vessels operate as high carbon consumption units and little has changed in this area in the past 40 years because operators have concentrated on making efficiencies in catching and selling,” he says.

“If we can reduce the carbon footprint from fishing vessels, there would be a big drop in daily running costs, better maintenance efficiencies, more social licence to operate from the community and potentially more attraction for younger people to enter our industry.”

Dennis says for his research he will travel to Canada, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States to look at the latest and most successful innovations being used in commercial fishing vessels.

He will assess potential applications in Australia and undertake cost-benefit analyses, with the aim of packaging up this information for local fishers.

Location: Largs North, South Australia
Mobile: 0428 814 854
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