Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date

2015

Series

Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2015- 02

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fishing bycatch, fishing gear

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