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Unformatted text preview: FISHING METHODS LEAGUE TABLE This table has been developed to provide an overview of 24 fishing methods in general use and to help identify the most sustainable fishing methods available in terms of their impact on marine habitat and species and the effectiveness of their management. Impact on habitat – considers the impact of the fishing gear on the seabed and/or other habitat such as coral, seamounts etc. Impact on target species – considers the impact of the fishing gear on the target species itself - how selective a method is it? how many juvenile or undersized fish are discarded or thrown away? etc. Factors such as the mesh size in use will have an impact on the number of undersized fish discarded or thrown away. Impact on non-target species – considers the impact of the fishing gear on non-target species – often referred to as by-catch - these may be other fish species or non-fish species such as marine birds, turtles or mammals. The extent of the impact on non-target species depends on a number of factors such as the target fish species and the area in which the fishing activity is taking place. For example pelagic or mid-water trawling is associated with unacceptable levels of dolphin by-catch in seabass fisheries whereas fishing using the same method for herring no such problem is encountered. fisheries whereas fishing using the same method for herring no such problem is encountered....
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- Fall '11
- trawling, Bottom trawling, Fishing industry, Commercial fish, lemon Sole, square mesh