Experiment to Evaluate Gear Modification on Rates of Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Swordfish Longline Fishery in the Azores Phase 4

Azores

Article: 

Target catch: 

Swordfish and blue shark

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

There was no significant difference in the number of blue sharks caught on non-offset 16/0 and 18/0 circle hooks .

Effect on bycatch species: 

Non-offset 16/0 and 18/0 circle hooks caught fewer turtles than Japanese tuna hook. Non-offset 18/0 circle hooks caught fewer turtles than non-offset 16/0

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Fishing Gear: 

Reduction technique: