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Commercial net fishing gear

Commercial net fishers use mainly mesh nets, with seine nets also used in some areas.

Gulf of Carpentaria inshore fin fish fishery

Mesh nets are the main gear used in the Gulf of Carpentaria inshore fin fish fishery.

Commercial fishers use mesh nets to harvest barramundi and threadfins. The nets are set in position where fish are likely to swim into them - in rivers, near the foreshore or offshore (depending on the location and target species).

East coast inshore fin fish fishery

In the east coast inshore fin fish fishery, 2 main types of gear are used:

  • Mesh nets used in the northern areas of this fishery are set in rivers, near the foreshore or offshore for most of the species caught (barramundi, threadfins, tropical shark and mackerels). Mesh nets are used as set nets, nets not fixed or hauled or ring nets in southern areas for most of the species caught in the larger estuaries and bays, such as mullet and lesser mackerels.
  • Seine nets are used in the southern areas of the fishery and only occasionally in the northern area. The net is deployed in an arc from the shoreline, usually from a small boat, surrounding an area of water containing fish, and then hauled to the shore. This technique is used mainly for mullet.

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