Escape, discard, and landing probability in multispecies Mediterranean bottom-trawl fishery

Chryssi Mytilineou*, Bent Herrmann, Danai Mantopoulou-Palouka, Antonello Sala, Persefoni Megalofonou

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Abstract

Commercial bycatch species and their exploitation pattern in the Mediterranean trawl fishery are little studied. The present work examines the overall size-selection pattern, both regarding the trawl in the sea and the fisher onboard the vessel, for seven commercial bycatch species using different codends. The applied selection model predicted the escape, discard, and landing probability for each species simultaneously, a useful method for providing information important for fisheries management under the ecosystem approach. Among the studied codends, the 40-mm diamond mesh codend, still in use in non-EU Mediterranean fleets, was found unsuitable for the stocks in all cases. The 40-mm square mesh codend (40S) was found appropriate for blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou), comber (Serranus cabrilla), and bogue (Boops boops) sustainability. The 50-mm diamond mesh codend (50D) was more suitable than the square mesh codend only for the spotted flounder (Citharus linguatula). Both the 40S and the 50D codends were appropriate for picarel (Spicara smaris), whereas none ensured sustainable exploitation for the blackbelly rosefish (Helicolenus dactylopterus), and the streaked gurnard (Chelidonichthys lastoviza). The results are discussed in relation to juvenile protection, discard mitigation, and fisher selection behaviour, important factors for the sustainability of stocks and fisheries in the Common Fishery Policy for the Mediterranean Sea.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberfsab048
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Number of pages14
ISSN1054-3139
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Bywatch
  • Diamond mesh
  • Discard mitigration
  • Escapees
  • Landings
  • Mediterranean
  • Selection model
  • Square mesh
  • Trawl codend

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