Fishing method and species:

Trammel nets. Mesh size 120-160 mm (for Spiny Lobster), 67 mm (Cuttlefish) and 50 mm (Red Mullet)

What is the discards problem?

All species are affected by a lack of qualitative data on catches and by-catch, with the by-catch consisting mostly of undersized fish. In the Lobster fisheries the by-catch cannot be used commercially as it is usually in poor condition owing to the long ‘soaking time’ (six hours) when the nets are set. The by-catch here is mainly invertebrates, along with Maerl and Posidonia leaves.

What activities is the MINOUW project carrying out?
  • Spiny Lobster: comparing the catch and discards of monofilament (new) and poly-filament (traditional) trammel nets.
  • Spiny Lobster: comparing fishing with trammel nets with panels incorporating “greca” and without (traditional ones)
  • Cuttlefish: conventional gear (67mm mesh size) will be compared with alternative gear of the same design and the same type of synthetic fiber but with 80mm mesh size.
  • Cuttlefish: conventional gear (50mm mesh size) will be compared with gill-net of 50mm mesh size.
What outcomes are expected?
  • To understand what factors lead to discarding practices, and how new technologies (modifications to nets) and changes in fishing practices can mitigate the problem of discards.

PDFs summaries of results can be downloaded here once they are available.