Posted December 02, 2015 08:24:32

Factory freezer trawler the Geelong Star has agreed to restrict its activities on Australia’s east coast to appease the issues of the recreational fishing sector.

The Little Pelagic Fishery Business Association, which represents the Geelong Star’s operator SeaFish Tasmania, agreed to the alter yesterday right after months of talks.

Until the end of the fishing season in April, the factory freezer trawler will not fish in zone seven, extending from Barrenjoey Headland close to Sydney to Queensland’s Fraser Island.

The association’s Grahame Turk mentioned the parties now had a far better understanding of each and every other’s concerns and had taken “a giant step forward”.

Mr Turk said the ship would also try to avoid interactions with recreational fishing boats.

“I believe it is extremely good, we’ve had to discover a lot about the needs of both the recreational fishing sector and the commercial interests and it really is excellent that we’re back on track and some sensible outcomes are beginning to appear,” he mentioned.

“We do not want to have interactions with recreational anglers, the boat has been fishing in the final numerous weeks and has not had any interaction at all with recreational fishers so that is a excellent sign.

“We now comprehend a bit more about what happens around south-east Australia and we’ll do what we can to not fish in that region in that time.”

Mr Turk mentioned further concessions were achievable.

“We’ve reached an agreement on the current fishing year, there are some longer-term concerns that go beyond the existing fishing year and I feel that if [the] talks are any indication then we’ll definitely reach some agreement on what we’ll do in that area,” he said.

The 95-metre Geelong Star has attracted opposition from environmentalists and recreational fishers.

It was forced to adopt safeguards following killing dolphins and seals in by-catch earlier this year.

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