Night sets

The setting of fishing gear at night so that seabirds are less likely to see sets. Lights may also be dimmed to enhance the effect.

Field Study

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

South Africa EEZ

Target catch: 

Tuna and swordfish

Effect on bycatch species: 

Combination of bird-scaring lines, weighted lines, and night sets yielded zero moralities.

Effect on target catch: 

No effect

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Field Study 815

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

South Africa

Target catch: 

Tuna

Effect on bycatch species: 

0.439 birds/1000 hooks (night) vs. 2 birds/1000 hooks (day)

Effect on target catch: 

None reported

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Field Study 793

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Seychelles

Target catch: 

Tunas and swordfish

Effect on bycatch species: 

75% of bycatch species were caught during day sets, with lancetfish being the most common. Sharks were most common during night sets.

Effect on target catch: 

75% of market species were caught during day sets.

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