A Modified Flounder Sweep for Bycatch Reduction

An illustration of the flounder sweep modification rigged on a scallop dredge (Illustration credit: Farrell Davis)

An illustration of the flounder sweep modification rigged on a scallop dredge (Illustration credit: Farrell Davis)

Project Title: A Modified Flounder Sweep for Flatfish Bycatch Reduction in the LAGC Scallop Fishery

Year: 2016

Principle Investigators: Chris Parkins & Farrell Davis

Client: NOAA/NMFS Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program

The goal of this project is to test a modified flounder cookie sweep on the outer bale bars of the scallop dredge in the LAGC commercial scallop fleet and film fish-dredge interactions to monitor the effectiveness of gear modification. Catch data will be recorded during 25 DAS aboard an LAGC vessel during commercial fishing trips where catch is retained. If the gear modification proves successful, future testing can be expanded to other LAGC vessels.