|Recent work to improve the efficacy of square-mesh panels used in a North Sea Nephrops norvegicus directed fishery|Revill, A.S.; Catchpole, T.L.; Dunlin, G. (2007). Recent work to improve the efficacy of square-mesh panels used in a North Sea Nephrops norvegicus directed fishery. Fish. Res. 85(3): 335-341. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2007.04.002
In: Fisheries Research. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0165-7836, more
Fisheries; Gear selectivity; Mesh selectivity; Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
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- Revill, A.S.
- Catchpole, T.L.
- Dunlin, G.
In the continuing drive to reduce discards of juvenile gadoids (whiting, cod, haddock) in the Farn Deeps Nephrops directed fishery in the North Sea, we examine the efficacy of the square-mesh panels (SMP) which are currently fitted to the trawls in that fishery. We find that discards can be further reduced by around 40% through simple modification to these square-mesh panels. While some basic measures to improve their efficacy have been identified, we have not yet described the 'optimal square-mesh panel' and thus we indicate areas for further research in this field which may yield further dividends in discard reduction.