Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Marine Advisory Program (MAP)
Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2014- 01
This study was devised to research a possible solution to reduce the bycatch of juvenile flounder when using the conventional crab pot. An escape panel for the juvenile flounder was constructed and installed into 10 crab pots, known as "treated" pots.
To ascertain the validity of the project, 10 "untreated" pots were fished alternating with the 10 "treated" pots. On three rotations, of exactly the same number of days being fished, data was collected to determine if the panels were working as an escape for the juvenile flounder and if the panels had a impact on the number of crabs caught.
Fishing bycatch, fishing gear
Joslin, M. W. (2014) Protecting Juvenile Flounder from Becoming a Crab Pot By-Catch. Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2014- 01. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/2149