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GRANT NUMBER: NA36FD0091           NMFS NUMBER:   92-NER-024

REPORT TITLE:  Juvenile Bycatch and Codend Escapee Survivability in the Northeast Groundfish Industry

AUTHOR:  Carr, H. Arnold; Farrington, Marianne and Harris, Jessica

PUBLISH DATE:  May 1, 1995

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.  PHONE: (978) 281-9267

ABSTRACT

This study was a continuation of investigations begun in June 1991. During the first year's study, data were collected on bycatch survival. The investigation was expanded during the second year to address both bycatch and cod-end escapee survival.  This study sought to expand on these previous efforts to attempt to mitigate handling-induced mortality by providing a less hostile environment on deck while catch is sorted. Results indicated the survival rate of the species investigated is better for the cod-end escapees than it is for those fish landed on deck, even though the project investigated techniques aimed at improving the survivability of those fish landed on deck. The information gathered provides a strong basis to determine actual survival of cod, plaice, and yellowtail that escape from the cod-end or are landed on deck.

 
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