Skimmers: Their Development and Use in Coastal Louisiana

Hein , Stephen and Meier, Paul (1995) Skimmers: Their Development and Use in Coastal Louisiana. Marine Fisheries Review, 57(1), pp. 17-24.

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The origin, development, and utilization of the skimmer net is reviewed along with other historical shrimp gears used in coastal Louisiana. The skimmer was developed to catch white shrimp, Penaeus setiferus, observed jumping over the cork line (headrope) of trawls being worked in shallow waters. A description of the gear is presented including basic components and various frame designs used by fishermen during its development. The advantages of skimmers over bottom trawls include: multiple use as both trawl and butterfly net (wing net), ease of deployment, increased maneuverability, reduction and greater survivability of bycatch, and ability to cover more area due to increased speed and continuous fishing capability. Disadvantages may include compromising vessel stability when stored upright on the deck, possible damage to water bottoms when improperly rigged, and limitation to a 12-foot (3.6 m) maximum depth due to size restrictions. The growing popularity of the skimmer net is evident by its introduction into North Carolina and inquiries from other southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coast states.

Item Type: Article
Title: Skimmers: Their Development and Use in Coastal Louisiana
Personal Creator/Author:
Hein , Stephen
Meier, Paul
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 57
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 17-24
Date: 1995
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9845
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:19
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:19

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