Field Study 340

US Atlantic


Target catch: 

Tuna and swordfish

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

Catch rates of yellowfin tuna caught in the fall were higher on circle hooks. Yellowfin tuna were caught four times as often in the mouth when circle hooks were used in the fall.

Effect on bycatch species: 

Pelagic stingrays had higher catch rates on J-style hooks and survival rates of dolphinfish and escolar were higher when circle hooks were used (fall and spring respectively)

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Fishing Gear: 

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