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)
Bycatch species
Fishing Gear
Reduction technique