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At sea trials were conducted comparing the catch composition and weight of standard Nephrops scraper trawls and a new trawl termed the Flip Flap netting Grid trawl (FFG). The FFG includes a 160 mm mesh size netting in the top wing and top sheet netting panels, flip-flap netting grid, and fish outlet hole and 200 mm square mesh panel fitter in front of the fish outlet hole. The FFG trawl resulted in a ~30% reduction (number) of small cod around 32 cm in length but not in fish smaller than this. A 33% reduction was seen for cod sized 35 cm and a 76% reduction for cod 87 cm in size. In addition, there was a 73% reduction in cod by weight. For haddock, there was a 51% reduction of haddock around 21 cm, 67% for fish 30 cm in size (MLS) (and weight), and a 73% reduction for fish 44 cm in size. For the smallest whiting (26 cm) there was a 62% reduction, at the MLS (27 cm) there was a 64% reduction and for 48 cm fish an 84% reduction. By weight, there was an 82% reduction. Catches of Nephrops were similar for the two gear types.