Reduction of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) bycatch by iron-oxide gillnets

Authors: 

Larsen, F., Eigaard, O.R. and J. Tougaard

Year: 

2007

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Fisheries Research

Volume (Issue #): 

85

Page #s: 

270-278
Summary: 
Harbour porpoise bycatch was significantly lower (p<0.01) in high-denisty Iron Oxide (IO) gill nets compared to control nets. There was no significant difference in the acoustic target strength of the IO and control nets, and both nets behaved similarly in flume tank tests. The authors conclude the reduction of harbour porpoise bycatch in the IO nets was a result of the mechanical properties of the nets.