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Research article2011Peer reviewed

Selection efficiency of encircling grids in a herring pontoon trap

Lundin Mikael, Ovegård Mikael, Calamnius Linda, Hillström Lars, Lunneryd Sven-Gunnar


High bycatches of undersized herring constitute a major problem in the Baltic Sea herring trap fishery. In an attempt to reduce these bycatches, this field study evaluates the efficiency of rigid selection grids encircling a herring pontoon trap. The results show that 54-72% of the undersized herring were removed from the catch. The introduction of such grids would therefore represent a significant step towards a more efficient, sustainable and seal safe herring fishery in the Baltic Sea

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Fisheries Research
2011, Volume: 111, number: 1-2, pages: 127-130