Introduce a pause when hauling dredge gear
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Dredging on the seabed mainly occurs for harvesting of shellfish but can impact fish populations through the fish mortality associated with unwanted catch and discarding. Pausing or stopping the dredge midwater during hauling may reduce unwanted fish catch, particularly flatfish, and decrease fish mortality (Grothues et al. 2017).
Grothues T.M., Bochenek E.A. & Martin S. (2017) Reducing Discards of Flatfish in the Sea Scallop Dredge Fishery by Dredge Pause. Journal of Shellfish Research, 36, 627–631.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Marine Fish Conservation