Traps are baited or nonbaited stationary devices set on the bottom or, less frequently, in midwater. Fish enter the trap freely but are subsequently prevented from leaving. Large traps are more common in coastal waters while smaller traps may be deployed to greater depths.

Pots consists of cages or baskets used to target shellfish, cephalopods, crustaceans, and reef fish. Pots are placed in multiple sets and the location of each pot is marked with a surface buoy. Fyke nets and stow nets are fixed to the bottom and rely on currents to bring fish into contact with them. Additionally, fyke nets use "wings" to guide the fish into mesh bags, where they are captured. Both types are most commonly set near shore. Barriers, weirs, fences and corrals are used in tidal areas and span the entirety of the water column. Fish enter through a narrow opening and are then trapped in a holding compartment.

For more detailed information, please visit the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department traps web page.