Improving escape panel selectivity in Nephrops directed fisheries by actively stimulating fish behaviour

Ludvig Ahm Krag, Bent Herrmann, Jordan P. Feekings, Henrik Skaarup Lund, Junita Diana Karlsen

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Abstract

The efficiency of escape panels inserted in trawls relies on fish actively attempting to escape through them. However, several studies indicate that most fish drift towards the aft end of the trawl, passing the escape panel through which they easily could have escaped, without making contact with it. To increase the efficiency of such panels, the contact probability needs to
be improved. In this study, we investigate to what extent the efficiency of escape panels can be improved by actively stimulating the escape behaviour of fish. The performance of two identical panel sections was compared in a twin-trawl system, one with and one without a stimulation device. A new coupled analysis method was used to explicitly quantify the improvements in contact probability and release efficiency for the escape panel. The results demonstrate that by actively stimulating escape behaviour, the contact probability and release efficiency for cod (Gadus morhua) can be significantly improved without effecting the catch of Nephrops (Nephrops norvegicus)
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume74
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)486-493
ISSN0706-652X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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