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Reducing the catching of fish you don’t want to get in your net…

No LEDs left, with LEDs right.

No LEDs left, with LEDs right.

An interesting lecture is coming up at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the latest methods of allowing non-target fish to escape shrimp nets.

From what we gather, the idea of using artificial light to allow non-target fish to “see their way out,” thereby escaping shrimp nets, was an idea that was born during a moment of common sense clarity among fishermen shooting the breeze on deck far out at sea.

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Capitalizing on early experiments running LED’s mounted on shrimp nets, Bob Hannah, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Resources Program
Development, has picked up the ball and is running with artificial light as a bycatch reduction technology, along with possible refinements for the ocean shrimp (Pandalus jordani) trawl fishery.

Hannah’s lecture is set for Thursday, December 11th, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM in the Guin Library at HMSC.

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