Waste minimisation in fishing operations

Boopendranath, M.R. (2012) Waste minimisation in fishing operations. Fishery Technology, 49(2), pp. 109-119.

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Sources of wastes in fishing operations mainly include bycatch discards; processing wastes where catch is processed onboard; plastic wastes due to abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear; bilges and other wastes from the vessel operations. Fishing systems in general have an associated catch of nontargeted organisms known as bycatch. Non-selective fishing gear that is not modified or equipped to exclude non-targeted organisms, may take a significant quantity of bycatch of non-targeted finfish, juvenile fish, benthic animals, marine mammals, marine birds and vulnerable or endangered species that are often discarded. Average annual global discards, has been estimated to be 7.3 million t, based on a weighted discard rate of 8%, during 1992-2001 period. Trawl fisheries for shrimp and demersal finfish account for over 50% of the total estimated global discards. Plastic materials are extensively used in fisheries, owing to their durability and other desirable properties, contributing to the efficiency and catchability of the fishing gear. However, plastics biodegrade at an extremely slow rate compared to other organic materials. Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and related marine debris have been recognized as a critical problem in the marine environment and for living marine resources. Prevention of excess fishing capacity by appropriate management measures could lead to enormous savings in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and bycatch discards from the excess fishing fleet, capital and operational investments and labour deployment in capture fisheries, with significant economic gains. In this paper, wastes originating from fishing operations are reviewed, along with their environmental impacts and possible mitigation measures

Item Type: Article
Title: Waste minimisation in fishing operations
Personal Creator/Author:
Boopendranath, M.R.boopendranath@hotmail.com
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Technology
Volume: 49
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 109-119
Date: July 2012
ISSN: 0015-3001
Contact Email Address: boopendranath@hotmail.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capture fisheries; bycatch; discards; bycatch reduction technologies; plastic wastes; garbage; engine emissions; waste minimization
Subjects: Conservation
Item ID: 9628
Depositing User: Dr. M.R. Boopendranath
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 14:26
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 13:48
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9628

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