Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date

2018

Series

Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2018- 09

Abstract

Fish potting is a growing fishery in Virginia’s rivers and catfish is the primary targeted species. Demand for catfish is strong, and prices are good, but there is a lot of sorting and fish handling because the demand is for 2-8 pound fish. Traditionally, cull rings are used successfully in various traps/pots to let smaller fish/crabs escape and to reduce the labor and expense to manually sort and discard smaller animals. The use of cull rings in catfish pots, or hoop-nets, has not been studied in the Virginia catfish fishery. If cull rings could be successfully designed and placed within catfish pots to reduce the amount of small, less

Keywords

Fishing gear

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