There are 11 Danish Seine trawlers operating out of Lakes Entrance and these boats can fish up to 100kms out into Bass Strait, as far as Point Hicks to the east and Port Welshpool to the west. The fish are caught by means of a winged net fastened in the middle of 2 kms of heavy rope. The net is dragged along the bottom of the ocean and the wings of the net force the fish into a long funnel-shaped bag called the ‘cod end’. The main catch is flathead and school whiting.
In most other ports, the predominant types of trawlers are Board trawlers, but this is not the case in Lakes Entrance, where Danish Seiners tend to be more popular due to their lower overhead costs. The nature of the local sea bed and the establishment of the school whiting export market has also enhanced the operation of Danish Seine trawlers.