Testing of a soft TED as a bycatch reduction device
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DeLancey, Lawrence B.
South Carolina Marine Resources Division
Whitaker, J. D.
Egleston, D. D.
Maddox, M. B.
SubjectBycatches (Fisheries)--South Carolina--Charleston; Shrimp fisheries--South Carolina--Charleston; Fishing nets
A cooperative study was conducted with commercial fishermen in 1997 in which a soft Turtle Excluder Device was tested for its potential as a bycatch reduction device (BRD) for finfish and other marine fauna incidentally captured in commercial shrimp trawling operations. A pilot study conducted during spring 1997 indicated that a similar gear was successful in reducing bycatch while shrimp catches actually increased.This study further suggested that the inability of small fish to escape a BRD was because they were apparently incapable of maintaining swimming speeds that would allow them to find exits. We also found that the current BRD protocol is cumbersome and may dissuade fishermen and net designers from testing better BRDs. Specific problems and recommendations are provided.
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