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


Minch and Stanton Banks

Target catch: 


Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

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

Effect on bycatch species: 

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

Reduction technique: 

Bycatch species: 

Fishing Gear: