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Welcome to the Seafish Gear Database. The Seafish Gear Database contains information on a wide range of fishing gears used in commercial fisheries in the UK and EU including the selectivity and discard reduction options that can be used with them.

It also gives access to a vast range of the scientific and technical reports on trials that have been undertaken involving fishing gears, selective devices and discard reduction practices.

Quick Search

Enter a search term here. The search can be filtered by using the drop down menus to choose gears, selective devices, or species.


Introduction to the Seafish Gear Database

This database is designed for use by anybody who would like to learn more about any form of fishing gear from pupils doing school projects to young prospective fishermen, environmental groups, fishery managers and legislators right through to experienced fishermen who will find the various levels of technical information useful.

The Gear and Selectivity Device profiles can be searched by:

  • Fishing gear
  • Selectivity/ discard reduction device
  • Fish species
  • Gear classifications

Gear Types:

This database has been developed to give a wide range of people answer some of the many questions often asked about commercial fishing gear in UK. It gives:

  • A detailed of description of each gear including a basic illustration
  • An indication of what species of fish are generally targeted by each gear
  • Brief comment on its environmental credentials
  • List of selectivity measures and devices commonly used with the gear
  • Links to technical reports and further information on each gear
  • Photographs and video clips of the gear if they are available
  • Suggestions for accessing further information

Selectivity Devices

The extensive list of selectivity and discard reduction measures can be found by using the Quick Search on the home page or by scrolling the full list of selectivity options on the gears page.

The page on each selectivity device gives:

  • A detailed description and illustration of the device
  • Details of its design and construction
  • A list of similar devices
  • A list of fishing gear that it can be used in
  • A indication of its effectiveness at retaining certain common species
  • An indication of its effectiveness at releasing certain species
  • Links to technical reports and further information on each device
  • Photographs and video clips of the device if they are available.
  • Suggestions for accessing further information

There will also be direct links to a database containing an overview of most of the scientific trials on these selectivity and discard reduction devices that have been undertaken in the past twenty years. Many of these will have direct links to download the full reports. Others may have to be accessed online or direct from the author or scientific journals.

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