Alongside the quarterly seminars, CMR has also hosted additional seminars which captures the research done by CMR members or collaborators. 


Dr David Kaplan

18 August, 12:00-13:00 via Zoom and Venue (Hybrid event)

"Reducing plastic waste and other negative environmental impacts from drifting fish aggregating devices (dFADs) used by tropical tuna purse seine fisheries."

Tropical tuna purse-seine fishing vessels use an estimated - 100,000 drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) per year worldwide to aggregate tunas and facilitate their capture. These man-made drifting objects are associated with a number of negative environmental impacts, including capture of juvenile tunas, higher bycatch rates, potential for ghost fishing and contribution to marine plastic debris and abandoned, lost or discarded (ALD) fishing equipment that can beach in sensitive coastal habitats such as coral reefs. 

In this presentation, Dr Kaplan reviews work that colleagues, collaborators and himself that finds viable solutions to these issues with a particular focus on reducing marine debris. 

Dr Kaplan's presentation is available via this link. Please click here to access the recording of his presentation.