Mitigation of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) by-catch in the gillnet fishery in the lower Bay of Fundy


Trippel, E.A., Strong, M.B., Terhue, J.M. and J.D. Conway



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Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

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Field testing was conducted  in the lower Bay of Fundy during 1996 and 1997 to determine the effectiveness of acoustic alarms (Netmark 1000) in reducing bycatch rates of harbor porpoises in gillnets. Alarms were spaced 100 m apart along the gillnet float-line. There was a 77% reduction in bycatch of harbor porpoises in nets equipped with alarms compared to those with no alarms. There were no significant differences in catch rates of target species, Atlantic cod, Atlantic herring and pollock.