Alternative bait

Changing the type of bait, such as switching from squid to mackerel, to deter non-target animals (such as sea turtles) that prefer one type of bait versus another (Watson et al. 2005).

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Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Location: 

Atlantic

Target catch: 

swordfish and tuna

Effect on bycatch species: 

Reduced interactions

Effect on target catch: 

Swordfish catch decreased when circle hooks were baited with squid but increased when baited with mackerel. Tuna catch increased when circle hooks were baited with squid but decreased when baited with mackerel.

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