Modelling and simulation of size selectivity in diamond mesh trawl cod-ends

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Abstract

Within many fisheries there is a widespread discard of fish. Furthermore, there are several fisheries where fish are caught before reaching the optimal size, leading to an adverse exploitation of the resources. One way to achieve a more optimal exploitation is to improve the size selectivity of the fishing gear. The cod-end is the rearmost part of a trawl where catch accumulates and in which most of the size selection is known to take place. To date, the main method used to assess the selectivity of trawl cod-ends has been to run sea trials followed by statistical analysis of the obtained experimental data. The objective of this thesis has been to describe an alternative assessment method that uses an individual-based structural model of the selection process in the cod-end and computer simulations
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg University
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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