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    Sustainable brown shrimp fishery - is pulse fishing a promising option?

    This report has been funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in the frame of the project “Ökologisch verträgliche Krabbenfischerei” – “Sustainable brown shrimp fishery” (FKZ 3512 85 0400).
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    A Comparison of the Quad-rig and Twin-rig Trawl in the Nephrops Fishery

    A Comparison of the Quad-rig and Twin-rig Trawl in the Nephrops Fishery
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    Catch comparison of Quad and Twin-rig trawls in the Celtic Sea Nephrops fishery

    This project aimed to compare catch compositions between Quad and Twinrig trawls to further investigate the performance of the Quad-rig in the Celtic Sea.
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    Implementation of more selective and sustainable fisheries (IMPSEL)

    Gear database resource: Report on project looking at implementation of more selective and sustainable fisheries funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
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    By-catch reducing trawls in the North East Atlantic fisheries

    By-catch reducing trawls in the North East Atlantic fisheries - the contribution by the University of Tromsö.
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    Assessment of an increase in cod-end mesh size in the Irish Sea Nephrops fishery

    Assessment of an increase in cod-end mesh size in the Irish Sea Nephrops fishery
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    Squid Fishing in UK Waters

    During the past decade, total squid landings from the NE Atlantic ranged from 10,000– 18,000 t. The bulk of European catches were landed by French, Portuguese, Spanish and UK fleets. Loligo forbesi is the most frequently caught species in UK waters, and forms the basis of significant by-catch fisheries, with annual landings as high as 3,500 t. A significant proportion (5–70%) of the total Scottish squid landings are caught in the Moray Firth, where a seasonal, directed fishery operates during summer-autumn. The size of the fleet directly involved in this fishery has ranged from 20–65 vessels in recent years. Many of the fishing crews target squid for several weeks, when large numbers of small squid recruit to the fishery.
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    Instrumentation Trials of a Hard Ground Rockhopper Trawl

    Instrumentation Trials of a Hard Ground Rockhopper Trawl
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    The introduction of Quad rig in the NPF – seeking an effort neutral transition and implications for TED/BRD performance

    Since 1987 the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) fleet has towed double rigs (two nets). Prior to this most trawlers towed quad rig (four nets). To improve economic efficiency in the fishery there is great interest to again allow the use of quad rig.
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    Tangle Net Fishery for Spider Crabs (Maia Squinado)

    A description of the biology of the Spider Crab is given. This is a trials narrative covering 10 days of fishing with tangle nets in the English Channel. Handling practices are described along with a short narrative on marketing. This report has been produced from a scanned original and may therefore contain some formatting and other inaccuracies. In cases where this affects the technical content, a paper copy of the original report can still be obtained from Seafish.
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    Separator trawls as a tool for improving selectivity for cod

    This paper describes the results of comparative fishing trials, under commercial conditions, using a standard trawl and a separator traw. The target species in the fishing area were cod, haddock, whiting, lemon sole and plaice. The separator trawl was fitted with a 120mm lower codend; the upper codend and that on this standard net were 100mm. The trials involved about 90 paired tows over a period of 10 weeks. This report has been produced from a scanned original and may therefore contain some formatting and other inaccuracies. In cases where this affects the technical content, a paper copy of the original report can still be obtained from Seafish.
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    A demonstration of "Outrigger Trawling" in the SW of England on MFV Admiral Gordon

    The aim of the project was to demonstrate an alternative fishing method commonly known as Outrigger trawling. This involved replacing the heavy beam trawls which are normally towed by the vessel with two demersal trawls, each trawl spread with its own set of trawl doors and towed from the derricks. This change alone will have a significant impact on bottom and gear drag. The steady increase in fuel prices was another driver for the fleet to look at alternatives to beam trawling. By adopting the outrigger fishing method vessels can reduce their fuel consumption enabling increased profitability and a reduction in environmental impact.