Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Marine Advisory Program (MAP)
Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2015- 02
This study is an attempt to discover new methods to reduce the by-catch of juvenile flounder when using conventional crab pots. An escape panel for the juvenile flounder was constructed and inserted into 20 crab pots, known as "treated" pots. To ascertain the validity of the project, 20 "untreated" pots were fished alternating with the 20 "treated" pots. On three rotations of exactly the same number of days being fished, data was collected to determine if the panels were effective as an escape for the juvenile flounder and if the panels had an impact on the number of crabs caught.
Fishing bycatch, fishing gear
Joslin, M. W. (2015) Phase II Protecting Juvenile Flounder from Becoming a Crab Pot By-Catch. Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2015- 02. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/2147