A simple technical measure to reduce bycatch and discard of skates and sharks in mixed-species bottom-trawl fisheries

Minch and Stanton Banks


Target catch: 


Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

Catch rates for flatfish, haddock and whiting did not differ. Larger anglerfish were caught without the 'tickler' in place

Effect on bycatch species: 

Removing the 'tickler' chain resulted in decreased catches of sharks and skates

Bycatch species: 

Fishing Gear: 

Reduction technique: