Sustainable Fishing – the Rise of Baited Traps

Today, virtually every commercial fishing fleet is dedicated to the development of sustainable fishing practices. This requires applied R&D to solve challenges in by-catch, fuel consumption, ghost fishing, and seabed impacts. The field of conservation engineering emerged in the 1980s and today most coastal nations have gear technologists and gear manufacturers working collaboratively with their fishing fleets to design and test new (sustainable) fishing technologies. Baited traps are enjoying some special attention these days. When used properly, evidence has shown they can produce some of the best quality seafood while at the same time being species and size selective, energy efficient, and seabed friendly.
[Guest Editor Dr. Paul Winger]

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