Development and efficacy of a bycatch reduction device for Wisconsin-type fyke nets deployed in freshwater systems

Authors: 

Fratto, Z.W., Barko, V.A. and Scheibe, J.S.

Year: 

2008

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Volume (Issue #): 

7(2)

Page #s: 

205-212

Contact information: 

valeriebarko@jalc.edu
Summary: 

Wisconsin-type fyke nets were modified in an effort to reduce the incidental bycatch of turtles, without significantly reducing the catch of targeted fish species.  The tests were conducted in three rivers (Missouri, Mississippi and Gasconade) in Missouri.  The net was modified by adding four lines in the vertical gap of the net and this modification was successful at significantly reducing turtle bycatch with no significant decrease in the quantity of fish caught.