Nylon barium sulphate gillnet reduces porpoise and seabird mortality

Authors: 

Trippel, E.A., N.L. Holy, D.L. Palka, T.D. Shepherd, G.D. Melvin, and J.M. Terhune

Year: 

2003

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Marine Mammal Science

Volume (Issue #): 

19(1)

Page #s: 

240-243
Summary: 
Metal oxide nets containing barium sulphate (that increased their acoustic reflectivity and probably also their stiffness) reduced the bycatch of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in an eastern Canada demersal gillnet fishery. No difference in catch of commercial fish species, including cod, pollock, haddock, and spiny dogfish, was observed between the nylon and barium sulphate nets. Metal oxide nets reduced the bycatch of greater shearwater (Puffinus gravis) in an eastern Canada demersal gillnet fishery, probably by increasing the visibility of the blue-dyed nets to the birds.