Assessing the fish assemblage associated with FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea using two different professional fishing gears

  • Published source details Sinopoli M., Castriota L., Vivona P., Gristina M. & Andaloro F. (2012) Assessing the fish assemblage associated with FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea using two different professional fishing gears. Fisheries Research, 123-124, 56-61.


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Use an alternative commercial fishing method

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Marine Fish Conservation
  1. Use an alternative commercial fishing method

    A replicated, controlled study in 2003 of a pelagic area in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy (Sinopoli et al. 2012) found that using a different type of seine net reduced the capture of Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus compared to a conventional seine net in the dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus net fishery. Numbers of tuna captured were lower in the modified net compared to the conventional net (modified: 1 fish, conventional: 5–11 fish). Numbers of commercial target dolphinfish captured were similar between gear types (modified: 85–270 fish, conventional: 86–268 fish). In August–November 2003, a modified seine net with a 15 mm mesh coded and 30 mm side meshes, and a conventional purse seine with a of 30 mm mesh codend and two 50 mm side meshes were deployed off Capo d’Orlando, Sicily, in depths of 600–800 m. In total, 48 hauls were carried out, six hauls/gear type/month. Anchored palm leaves Phoenix canariensis were placed 500 m from each other to attract fish. Nets were placed around the batches of palm leaves. Fish were counted and lengths measured.

    (Summarised by: Natasha Taylor)

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