- Published on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:28
- Written by Super User
Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program has received funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for initiating a fleet communication system as a method to abate butterfish and river herring/shad bycatch.
Butterfish and longfin squid exhibit similar migratory patterns and habitat preferences from season to season. As a result, the directed longfin squid fishery commonly observes considerable numbers of butterfish as bycatch. With butterfish bycatch cap limitations in effect, the longfin squid fishery is threatened by early closures and cancellations. The longfin squid squid fishery is of vital importance to the economic health of many commercial fishing communities, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England areas. The fleet communication system will collect and report real-time observations of these bycatch species and identify “hot spots” from vessels engaged in the longfin squid bottom trawl fishery. This will enable the fleet to avoid the “hot spot” locations in order to reduce fleet-wide capture of butterfish and river herring.
CONTACT: Tara Froehlich, (631) 727-7850 x 317.