Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Rhys Arangio, from Willagee in Western Australia, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship awarded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Woolworths. Rhys studied ways to reduce marine mammal depredation in fishing operations.
Rhys explains: “depredation is when an animal such as a whale or seal ‘steals’ fish from a fishing operation, meaning extra food for those mammals, but also an increased risk of injury or death of the mammal, and reduced catch rates for the fisherman.”
He is part of the management team for Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, a commercial fishing company with interests in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery, as well as Australia’s sub‐Antarctic zones of Heard & McDonald Islands (HIMI) and Macquarie Island.
Rhys says a Nuffield Scholarship enabled him to study some of the available mitigation methods currently in use around the world, including sub‐marine harvest systems for longliners, the use of acoustic deterrents or different gear types such as pots to avoid interaction between these animals and the fishing operation.
He visited Norway, Alaska and France and met with equipment manufacturers, government, industry and fishers.
Location: Willagee, WA 6156
Tel: 0402 883 195
Blog: Toothfish Tales
Scholarship report: Minimising whale depredation on longline fishing
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Returning Scholar profile: click to view
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