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The project objectives were to develop effective and acceptable:
- gear modifications (by-catch reduction devices) and alternative fishing tactics in cooperation with the fishing industry to reduce the by-catch and mortality of non-target fish species in European Nephrops fisheries, and determine the biological effects and socio-economic repercussions of using these.
- gear modifications (by-catch reduction devices and acoustical deterrents) and alternative fishing tactics in cooperation with the fishing industry to reduce the by-catch and mortality of cetaceans in European pelagic fisheries, and determine the biological effects and socio-economic repercussions of using these.

With specific objectives:
- To develop novel species-selective gear prototypes and alternative fishing tactics in cooperation with the fishing industry for use in the European Nephrops fisheries.
- To review the current status of knowledge of cetacean by-catches in pelagic fisheries, using existing data sources and oncoming data collection programmes, and to collect additional biological data (age, year of maturity, causes of death) of landed cetaceans.
- To develop novel species-selective gear prototypes and alternative fishing tactics in cooperation with the fishing industry for pelagic trawl fisheries where cetaceans by-catch may occur (pair trawling on bass, pair trawling on albacore, single boat and pair pelagic trawling on herring, mackerel and horse mackerel, fishery with high opening bottom trawls and midwater pair trawls on hake).
- To compare the effectiveness of commercial available acoustic deterrents (pingers) on cetaceans.-To develop an interactive pinger in cooperation with a manufacturer.
- To evaluate the potential biological and economic impacts of the technologies and tactics developed above.
- To disseminate the results to relevant sectors in the fishing industry, and contribute to implementation of the technologies and tactics developed above.

In total there are 22 partners in the project. The project is coordinated by Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
StatusCompleted
Period01/01/0431/12/07

Keywords

  • Research area: Fisheries Technology
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