Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date



Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2017- 01


This study was devised to research a possible solution to reduce the bycatch of fishes when using the conventional crab pots. A perp panel was constructed and installed into 30 crab pots, known as "treated" (T). An additional 30 pots without perp panels were also used in the study as a control, known as "untreated" (UT). These pots were placed randomly in the Nansemond River and in the James River and the study was conducted 3 times. The data included the area being fished, the depth of the water, the water temperature, type of bottom, type of bait used, the number of crabs caught (male and female), and the type of by-catch including species and length.


Crab fishery, fishing gear, bycatch



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