Escapement patterns of red mullet, sole, horse mackerel and hake facing two trawl selective devices

Bay of Biscay

Target catch: 

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), demersal fish

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

Generally unaffected

Effect on bycatch species: 

Horse mackerel and hake escaped through the two devices tested. More sole were caught in the SMBRD than with standard gear. T90 mesh resulted in increased escape of red mullet.

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