Large-scale experiment shows that nylon leaders reduce shark bycatch and benefit pelagic longline fisheries

Authors: 

Ward, P., Lawrence, E., Darbyshire, R. and Hindmarsh, S.

Year: 

2008

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Fisheries Research

Volume (Issue #): 

90

Page #s: 

100-108

Contact information: 

peter.ward@brs.gov.au, peteward@homemale.com.au +612 6272 4163
Summary: 
Catch rates of blue marlin, snake mackerel and sharks were lower when nylon monofilament leaders, instead of wire leaders, were used on pelagic longline gear but bigeye tuna and black marlin catch rates increased. (No effect on yellowfin). Nylon leaders also had higher bite-off rates than the wire leaders.