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Alternative Gear

WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE GEAR? 

Alternative gear involves changing the type of gear used in a fishery, to one that maintains commercial viability but poses a lower risk to wildlife. Gear switching trials around the world have shown promising results thus far. However, further testing of the effectiveness of alternative gear for different target species is necessary. For gear diversification to happen, major investment would often be required, along with fishermen’s acceptance and compliance.

CURRENT RESEARCH & USE

Gillnets are often associated with higher levels of marine mammal bycatch than other gear types. The FAO have summarised the results of various trials in which longlines, pots and trawls were tested as alternatives to gillnets – this can be accessed here.

This page was last updated on 12.10.23.

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