Sharks

Comparison of bycatch species captured during daytime and nighttime: preliminary results of longline experiments carried out in the Seychelles waters

Study Type: 

summary

Location: 

Seychelles

Target catch: 

swordfish and tuna

Effect on bycatch species: 

All marketable species were caught in the 150 m layer during day and night sets.

Effect on target catch: 

Differences in the species composition, quantity and depth of capture for bycatch species

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Hooks equipped with magnets can increase catches of blue shark (Prionace glauca) by longline fishery

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

NE Atlantic

Target catch: 

Tuna and blue sharks

Effect on bycatch species: 

Magnets increased and did not decrease blue shark catch rates. Larger magnets had a stronger effect.

Effect on target catch: 

None reported

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Selective characteristics of a shark-excluding grid device in a Mediterranean trawl

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Tyrrhenian Sea

Target catch: 

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) and greater forkbeard (Phycis blennoides)

Effect on bycatch species: 

90 mm excluder grid did not reduce catches of blackmouth catshark (Galeus melastomus)

Effect on target catch: 

90 mm excluder grid reduced catches of greater forkbeard and to a lesser extend Norway lobster

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A simple technical measure to reduce bycatch and discard of skates and sharks in mixed-species bottom-trawl fisheries

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Minch and Stanton Banks

Target catch: 

Whitefish

Effect on bycatch species: 

Removing the 'tickler' chain resulted in decreased catches of sharks and skates

Effect on target catch: 

Catch rates for flatfish, haddock and whiting did not differ. Larger anglerfish were caught without the 'tickler' in place

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Development and observations of spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias reduction device in a raised footrope silver hake Merluccius bilinearis trawl

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Massachusettes Bay

Target catch: 

Silver hake

Effect on bycatch species: 

There were no observed differences in the behavior of spiny dogfish between gear configurations or grate colors.

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Fishing gear modifications to reduce elasmobranch mortality in pelagic and bottom longline fisheries off Northeast Brazil

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Brazil

Target catch: 

Tuna (pelagic) sharks (bottom)

Effect on bycatch species: 

Mortality at haulback was significantly higher for on J-hooks.

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Field Study

Study Type: 

lab

Location: 

Macduff Marine Aquarium, UK

Target catch: 

n/a

Effect on bycatch species: 

Species significantly avoided magnets

Effect on target catch: 

n/a

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Field Study

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Central Pacific

Target catch: 

pelagic sharks and fishes

Effect on bycatch species: 

examing post-release of blue shark released from longline gear

Effect on target catch: 

examined in other research

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Field Study

Study Type: 

summary

Location: 

Atlantic and Pacific

Target catch: 

pelagic fishes (tuna, swordfish)

Effect on bycatch species: 

examing factors relevant to post-release mortality in sharks released from longline gear

Effect on target catch: 

not examined

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Field Study

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Central Pacific

Target catch: 

pelagic sharks and fishes

Effect on bycatch species: 

examining rates of post-release mortality from longline gear

Effect on target catch: 

examined in other research

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