Catches in ghost-fishing octopus and fish traps in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean (Algarve, Portugal)

Erzini, Karim and Bentes, Luís and Coelho, Rui and Lino, Pedro G. and Monteiro, Pedro and Ribeiro, Joaquim and Gonçalves, Jorge M. S. (2008) Catches in ghost-fishing octopus and fish traps in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean (Algarve, Portugal). Fishery Bulletin, 106(3), pp. 321-327.

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Abstract

Ghost fishing is the term used to describe the continued capture of fish and other living organisms after a fisherman has lost all control over the gear. Traps may be lost for a variety of reasons including theft, vandalism, abandonment, interactions with other gear, fouling on the bottom (i.e., traps and ropes are caught on rocky substrate), bad weather, and human error (Laist, 1995). Annual trap loss can be as high as 20% to 50% of fished traps in some fisheries (Al-Masroori et al., 2004). Because lost traps can continue to fish for long periods, albeit with decreasing efficiency over time (e.g., Smolowitz, 1978; Breen, 1987, 1990; Guillory, 1993), ghost fishing is a concern in fisheries worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Title: Catches in ghost-fishing octopus and fish traps in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean (Algarve, Portugal)
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Erzini, Karim
Bentes, Luís
Coelho, Rui
Lino, Pedro G.
Monteiro, Pedro
Ribeiro, Joaquim
Gonçalves, Jorge M. S.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 106
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 321-327
Date: 2008
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8842
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 17:53
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 17:53
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8842

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