Project Title: Results of Gear Modification Tests to Reduce Bycatches of Commercial Finfish in Sea Scallop Dredges
Client: SER Enterprises, Fairhaven, MA
Coonamessett Farm Foundation used several New Bedford commercial scallop vessels to develop and demonstrate means to reduce finfish bycatch in the sea scallop fishery. The project entailed designing and testing of gear modifications, underwater video documentation, and analysis of the economic implications of bycatch reduction. The project resulted in the design of a ten-inch twine top that significantly reduced flatfish bycatch and was implemented as a gear requirement under Amendment 10 to Framework 24 (NEFMC 2003).