Development and testing of a separator frame in a Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus fishery

Development and testing of a separator frame in a Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus fishery Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus fisheries are often characterized by high bycatch and discard rates. However, fisheries species exhibit differences in vertical behaviour that can be used to develop selective devices. We developed a separator frame that can be inserted into the forward part of a cod-end to divide it into a bottom cod-end and a top cod-end. In the top cod-end we inserted a 3-m-long window constructed of 274-mm mesh. The separator frame was tested from a commercial vessel in the Kattegat and Skagerrak area. Small mesh net bags were used to collect the catch going through the separator frame and ending up in the bottom cod-end, the top cod-end, or penetrating the window. The majority of Norway lobster and flatfish entered the bottom cod-end, and most gadoids entered the top cod-end. A relatively high proportion of gadoids and flatfish that entered the top cod-end penetrated the window. The separation was size dependant for some of the investigated species. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Fisheries Science Springer Journals

Development and testing of a separator frame in a Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus fishery

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Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Japanese Society of Fisheries Science
Subject
Life Sciences; Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Food Science
ISSN
0919-9268
eISSN
1444-2906
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12562-017-1138-5
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Abstract

Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus fisheries are often characterized by high bycatch and discard rates. However, fisheries species exhibit differences in vertical behaviour that can be used to develop selective devices. We developed a separator frame that can be inserted into the forward part of a cod-end to divide it into a bottom cod-end and a top cod-end. In the top cod-end we inserted a 3-m-long window constructed of 274-mm mesh. The separator frame was tested from a commercial vessel in the Kattegat and Skagerrak area. Small mesh net bags were used to collect the catch going through the separator frame and ending up in the bottom cod-end, the top cod-end, or penetrating the window. The majority of Norway lobster and flatfish entered the bottom cod-end, and most gadoids entered the top cod-end. A relatively high proportion of gadoids and flatfish that entered the top cod-end penetrated the window. The separation was size dependant for some of the investigated species.

Journal

Fisheries ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 23, 2017

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