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Protected Species Handling Manual (2nd Edition)


This handling manual provides practical suggestions for fishers who may have to handle protected or threatened species they may encounter during their fishing operations.


A Handbook for Fishers

The handling manual outlines best practice methods that have been trialed by fishers and scientists and can be recommended to assist improve handling practices.

This handbook contains information about:

  • Why some species need to be protected

  • Australian laws that protect species

  • Protected species that may be encountered throughout Australia’s waters

  • Recommended handling methods for protected fish, reptiles, birds and mammals when encountered

  • Protected species lists

  • Contact information for the various management agencies and other relevant organisations

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