Are circle hooks effective in reducing incidental captures of loggerhead sea turtles in a Mediterranean longline fishery?

Authors: 

Piovano, S., Swimmer, Y., Giacoma, C.

Year: 

2009

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Volume (Issue #): 

19

Page #s: 

779-785

Contact information: 

susanna.piovano@unito.it
Summary: 
The use of circle hooks (16/0) instead of J hooks (size 2) on pelagic longline gear, reduced the incidental capture of immature loggerhead sea turtles and did not affect the catch rates or fish size of the target species. There was also a significant difference in hook location between the two hooks, with more J hooks being swallowed.