The experiment evaluated the effectiveness of two types of pingers (Aquamark 100 and Aquamark 200) to reduce the bycatch rate of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in a set gillnet fishery in the Black Sea. The study also evaluated the effects of the pingers on catch of target and non-target fish species. There was no significant difference in catch of target and non-target fish species in trials with pingers versus control sets. There was also no significant difference between number of harbor porpoises caught in nets using pingers and when no pingers were used, although a low overall number of porpoises were caught (eight harbor porpoises were caught during the experiment – three in control nets, three in nets using the Aquamark 100, and one in nets using the Aquamark 200).
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