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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Meeting on Recent Advances in Fishing Gear for Northern Shrimp
Time: 1 - 4 pm, September 23, 2010
There have been several recent research projects to test trawl gear modifications that might reduce the catch of smaller shrimp, and/or reduce the bycatch of finfish. These include a combination grate, a double grate, and a topless trawl.
Last spring, the ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section decided to close the 2009-10 shrimp fishing season early, in part because the shrimp caught in the spring were significantly smaller than those caught earlier in the season. This was nothing new, but got a lot of attention. The Section asked the Technical Committee to meet with researchers to discuss solutions.
In early November 2010, the Section will develop its management plan for Northern Shrimp for the coming fishing season. Prior to this, the Technical Committee will review research done in recent years to reduce bycatch of undersized shrimp and non-target species, and may make a recommendation to the Section. This meeting will allow fishermen, researchers and others to discuss their work with members of the Technical Committee, so that their results may be added to the information considered in management.
Our purpose will be to hear from the researchers and fishermen who have experimented with various gear configurations, and get their recommendations on:
There will be presentations from several researchers and fishermen, followed by open discussion. The presenters include:
For more information, please contact:
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