Analysis and mitigation of cetacean bycatch in UK fisheries

Authors: 

Northridge, S., D. Sanderson, A. Mackay, and P. Hammond

Year: 

2003

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Final Report to DEFRA, Project MF0726
Summary: 

Acoustic pingers placed in the rear of a pair trawl net in the United Kingdom bass pair trawl fishery did not reduce bycatch of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis). Multi-monofilament net, placed in the North Sea and West of Scotland gillnet fisheries, had no significant impact on harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) bycatch when compared to traditional monofilament net. Thin twine monofilament nets (.4mm twine diameter, 90 mm mesh size) reduced bycatch of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and seals in the North Sea and West of Scotland gillnet fisheries when compared to thick (.6mm twine diameter, 267 mm mesh size) monofilament nets. Barium sulphate nets had higher bycatch of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and seals in the North Sea and West of Scotland gillnet fisheries when compared to traditional gillnets.