Super trawler expert panel head appointed

THE head of a private fisheries management company has been appointed to head an expert panel assessing the environmental impacts of super trawlers in Australian's waters.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke made the appointment Wednesday also releasing the terms of reference for the panel's investigation of the potential impacts of the huge vessel.

The panel's inquiry comes after Mr Burke and Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig last year put plans for the trawler to fish small pelagic fish around Tasmania on ice.

That decision came after widespread public outcry over the potential environmental impacts of the trawler.

Mr Burke said Mary Lack, the director of Shellack, would head the inquiry, aided by three others, marine scientist Professor Peter Harrison, marine biologist Associate Professor Simon Goldsworthy and CSIRO scientist Dr Cathy Bulman.

The panel will report its findings back to Mr Burke in late October this year, after the Federal Election.