Implications for catch composition and revenue in changing from diamond to square mesh codends in the northeastern Mediterranean


Eryasar A. R. , Ozbilgin H.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ICHTHYOLOGY, vol.31, no.2, pp.282-289, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jai.12643
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF APPLIED ICHTHYOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.282-289

Abstract

The objective of this study was to estimate the potential short-term economic loss as a result of replacing the commercial diamond codend with a square mesh codend, and to compare fish lengths captured in 40mm square (S40) vs 44mm commercial hand-woven diamond (CD44) mesh codends for red mullet (Mullus barbatus), common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus), bogue (Boops boops), European hake (Merluccius merluccius), axillary seabream (Pagellus acarne), and brushtooth lizardfish (Saurida undosquamis). A total of 20 hauls (10 hauls for S40 and 10 hauls for CD44) were conducted onboard a commercial trawler between 27 February and 11 April 2012 in Mersin Bay in the northeastern Mediterranean. Results showed that the 40mm square mesh codend caught significantly fewer juveniles of all aforementioned species. However, when changing from the commercial diamond codend to the 40mm square mesh codend the potential economic loss of revenue was found to be 40% inthe study period, which covered the final 6weeks of the fishing season.