Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date

2012

Series

Fishery Resource Grant FRG 2012- 04

Abstract

This project was conducted over a period of 39 days using two different net configurations and fishery locations in order to test methodologies to reduce the bycatch of Atlantic sturgeon while not affecting the striped bass fishery. Nets were hung using conventional methods allowing the net to rest on the bottom of the waters. Experimental nets were hung with a 3' bottom panel with no mesh allowing bottom dwelling fishes to swim under the "floated" net mesh. Nets were hung using mesh sizes ranging from 5.5" to 8". All catch was recorded and compared to determine the effects of the different hanging methods and fishing locations.

Keywords

Fishing gear, striped bass, sturgeon, bycatch

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