Fishing Industry Opportunities to Contribute to Mitigation

Australian fisheries operations are not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, there are smart business reasons to be more energy and fuel efficient and therefore participate in reducing the world’s greenhouse gas pollution.

Certain fishing activities rely upon and use a lot of fossil fuel — for example, all large vessels and aquaculture systems that rely on pumping and circulating water. Fuel costs in some commercial wild catch fisheries can be 40 per cent of all input costs, so there is a large incentive to transition to systems that use less fuel.

Some of the measures available for improving fuel efficiency include:

  1. fuel efficient modern diesel engines
  2. minimising the drag of trawl gear
  3. use of fuel flow meters to determine optimal operating speeds
  4. engine and hull maintenance
  5. efficient hull designs
  6. optimising engine and propulsion systems
  7. fuel efficient pumping gear and farm layout
  8. solar or wind driven pumping systems.

 

A list of FRDC- funded project relating to climate change can be found here.

Project Number
Title
Status
2019-144
Cultivation trials of the red seaweed Asparagopsis armata and A. taxiformis
Current
2019-032
Seaweed production as a nutrient offset for Moreton Bay
Current
2018-191
Travel bursary: Symposium on Responsible Fishing Technology for Healthy Ecosystems and Clean Environment
Completed
2018-060
Blue carbon and the Australian seafood industry: workshop
Completed
2017-065
Disseminating existing bycatch reduction and fuel efficiency technologies throughout Australia's prawn fisheries
Completed
2016-057
Workshop to identify research needs and a future project to reduce bycatch and improve fuel efficiency via Low Impact Fuel Efficient (LIFE) prawn trawls
Completed
2011-084
Comparative sequestration and mitigation opportunities across the Australian landscape and its primary industries
Completed