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Tropical prawn trawl bycatch of fish and seasnakes reduced by Yarrow Fisheye bycatch reduction device


Heales, DS and Gregor, R and Wakeford, J and Wang, Y and Yarrow, J and Milton, DA, Tropical prawn trawl bycatch of fish and seasnakes reduced by Yarrow Fisheye bycatch reduction device, Fisheries Research, 89, (1) pp. 76-83. ISSN 0165-7836 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2007.09.002


Reducing unwanted trawl bycatch is actively encouraged in Australia, particularly in prawn trawl fisheries. We tested the performance of a Bycatch Reduction Device, the Yarrow Fisheye, during two periods of commercial fishing operations in Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery, by comparing the catches of paired treatment and control nets. We compared the catch weights of the small fish and invertebrate bycatch, and the commercially important tiger prawns, from 42 trawls in 2002. The Yarrow Fisheye reduced the weight of small bycatch by a mean of 22.7%, with no loss of tiger prawn. We also compared the numbers of seasnakes caught in 41 and 72 trawls during the spring trawling seasons of 2004 and 2005, respectively. The Yarrow Fisheye reduced the catches by a mean of 43.3%. Flume-tank tests of the Yarrow Fisheye showed that this device created a slow water-flow region extending over 2 m downstream from its position in the net, and close to where the catch accumulates. Finfish and seasnakes may be exploiting this slow water-flow region to escape via the eye. Although the reductions in fish and seasnake bycatch were excellent, we think they could be further improved by relating differences in fisheye position and localised water displacements, to design and rigging changes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:prawn trawl, bycatch, seasnakes, bycatch reduction devices, BROs, fisheye, flume tank
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Wakeford, J (Mr John Wakeford)
ID Code:52009
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-12-11

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