OceanWatch is working with Tangaroa Blue and partners on the “ReefClean” Program to document the use of bait bags within Australian fishing industries. A review of the Australian bait supplier market was completed, and a survey was disseminated to bait and tackle suppliers to help understand possible physical and psychological limitations and other obstacles for the uptake of bait bag alternatives.
The alternatives that were identified include water soluble bags, compostable bags, sugar cane trays with lids and cardboard boxes. OceanWatch has initiated trailing of these bait bag alternatives last week to assess their suitability. The trial products were filled with various types of bait (fresh and frozen), and stored in a commercial freezer and will be monitoring weekly to review the success of each product.