The effect of twine thickness on the size selectivity and fishing power of Baltic cod gill nets

René Holst, D. Wileman, Niels Madsen

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Abstract

Sea trials were carried out on a Danish commercial vessel measuring the size selectivity and fishing power of gill nets used to catch Baltic cod (Gadus morhua). A comparison was made of two different twine thicknesses at two different times of the year. Nominal mesh sizes of 70-130 mm were used. Method of capture, condition factor and girths were measured for sub- samples of the cod caught. A model of the size selectivity of the gill nets was adapted to the experimental conditions where two gears were fished on the same population. This model was fitted to the catch data for each set. Subsequently a model was fitted for the mean selectivity taking between-set variation into account. The selectivity Curve that fitted the data best was given by the sum of two normal distributions. It was found that twine thickness and trials period had relatively little effect upon the shape of the selectivity curve. Twine thickness had a substantial effect upon the fishing power of the nets. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFisheries Research
Volume56
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)303-312
ISSN0165-7836
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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