Field investigation of rare-earth metal as a deterrent to spiny dogfish in the Pacific halibut fishery

Authors: 

Kaimmer, S. M., and A.W. Stoner.

Year: 

2008

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Fisheries Research

Publisher Address: 

Volume (Issue #): 

94

Page #s: 

43-47
Summary: 
Rare earth metals (made of cerium mischmetal) were compared with control treatments of standard circle hooks and inert steel above circle hooks on longline fishing gear to determine if bycatch reduction of spiny dogfish could be achieved. Results indicated a slight reduction in dogfish bycatch and a greater reduction in catch of longnose skate on hooks with mischmetal. Problems for using mischmetal commercially include its expense, hazardous nature, and rapid hydrolysis in seawater.