SALTONSTALL KENNEDY GRANT PROGRAM
Reduction of Bycatch in the West Coast Prawn....
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NMFS NUMBER:  97-NW-14

REPORT TITLE:  Reduction of Bycatch in the West Coast Prawn Trawl Fisheries

AUTHOR: Nicholas Lowry

PUBLISH DATE:  August 1999

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115.   TELEPHONE:  (206) 526-6115

READ THE COMPLETE FINAL REPORT HERE.

ABSTRACT

This grant focused on evaluation of three methods (the Nordmore grid, a separator panel, and a "fish eye") for excluding bycatch species in the West Coast fisheries for spot prawns Pandalus platyceros.  Bycatch in the prawn trawl fishery is a critical problem because many of the bycatch stocks, including several species of rockfish Sebastes sp., are potentially overfished.  Evaluation of the three excluders provided a great deal of information about the excluders' suitability in this fishery.  Although none of the devices excluded the bycatch efficiently, evaluation of these excluders provided enough information about performance to suggest a type of gear that would effectively reduce the volume of bycatch without risk of loss of the target species.  Funding from this grant allowed completion of a one-year research project that, although not definitely providing the solution to the proposed problem, provided a great deal of information and proposed a solution that can be pursued in subsequent research projects.

 
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