There is an immediate need to develop effective technologies, gear modifications, and/or improved fishing practices to reduce impacts of bycatch, including black sea bass, in mid-Atlantic and Southern New England small mesh fisheries. Selectively eliminating black sea bass from small mesh nets on the sea floor is the best option for the optimal survivability. Upon capture and being brought to the surface, the swim bladder of the black sea bass becomes inflated due to change in pressure and may cause the stomach to protrude out of the mouth known as stomach evulsion. This condition is a symptom of barotrauma and can be fatal. The black sea bass applied discard mortality rate in the bottom trawl fishery is 100%
CCe will perform an evaluation of modified small mesh trawl net design against a standard small mesh trawl net used in the longfin squid fishery. This project will work cooperatively with active fishermen from Point Judith, Rhode Island. We propose to qualify and quantify the black sea bass bycatch reduction and target species (longfin squid) retention of the experimental design described below.
Goals and Objectives
The two main goals of the project are:
The goals will be accomplished by the following objectives:
Last updated August 2, 2018