CASE STUDY

Trialling Pisces in the Canadian Scallop Fishery

Collaborators:

Clearwater Seafoods

Duration:

March 2021 –

Location

Canada

Objective:

To assess the impact of Pisces on the bycatch of groundfish in the Canadian scallop fishery

GEAR TYPE:

Beam Trawler

TARGET SPECIES:

Scallops

BYCATCH SPECIES:

Winter Skate, Rock Cod, Yellow-tailed Flounder

Technology used:

Project Summary:

The Canadian scallop fishery is MSC accredited and sustainably managed. However, the fishery faces challenges and must keep progressing in order to retain its right to fish and market access. Groundfish (cod/winter skate & Yellow-tailed Flounder) are bycatch species for the Canadian scallop fleet and cause a choke issue that is becoming more acute with time. Clearwater is investigating the impact of Pisces lights on bycatch. Comparative trawls are conducted with and without Pisces to understand how artificial light influences the behaviour of fish and subsequently bycatch.

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