Julie shows she?s a real clever Fellow
By RODNEY STEVENS
ILUKA trawler operator Julie Everson has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Utilising the proceeds of the fellowship Ms Everson plans to visit the US and Canada in May next year to investigate the use of prawn traps as an alternative method to trawling. "I am very proud and honoured to be the re- cipient of a Churchill Fellowship," she said. Ms Everson who with her husband Chris has owned and operated prawn trawlers for 20 years, is hoping to discover whether the use of traps to harvest prawns is a commercially via- ble option for the Australian fishing industry. She said there were many challenges facing commercial fishermen including the price of fuel and the flood of imported prawns on the Aust- ralian market which have drastically affected business profitability. During her eight-week trip, Ms Everson will work with the Californian Department of Fisher- ies, authorities responsible for developing prawn trapping fisheries in Canada and the British Co- lumbian Ocean and Fisheries Branch. "Trapping is a less expensive form of fishing compared with trawling due to much lower use of fuel and may also contribute to better envi- ronmental outcomes by reducing the amount of unwanted by-catch," she said." "We need to be proactive in our industry and look for solutions to our situation so we can continue to supply a premium natural product to the Australian community as well as secur- ing our future.