Reducing bycatch in coral reef trap fisheries: escape gaps as a step towards sustainability

Article: 

Curacao

Target catch: 

Groupers and snappers

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

Catches of high-value fish were not affected

Effect on bycatch species: 

Short and tall gap traps reduced bycatch of bycatch fish by 74% and 80%, key herbivores by 58% and 50% and butterflyfish by 90% and 98%, respectively.

Reduction technique: 

Bycatch species: 

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