Cease or prohibit all non-towed (static) fishing gear
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Fishing can impact marine fish through species removal or habitat damage from fishing gear coming into contact with the seabed. Non-towed or static fishing gear (various types of nets, longlines, pots and traps) are usually considered less damaging than mobile gears (Broadhurst et al. 2006). However, they can be deployed in areas inaccessible to towed gears and some types can catch large quantities of fish, including unwanted species and sizes. Ceasing or prohibiting all static gears in an area can remove the direct fishing pressure on marine fish and may reduce unwanted fish catch.
Broadhurst M.K., Suuronen P. & Hulm A. (2006) Estimating collateral mortality from towed ﬁshing gear. Fish & Fisheries, 7, 180–218.