Preliminary Test of a Modified Groundfish Trawl to Reduce the Catch of SNE Winter Flounder in the Large Mesh Groundfish Fishery

  • Program: Winter Flounder Bycatch Reduction
  • Total Amount Awarded: $29,952
  • Project Duration: Apr 1, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011
  • Status: Completed. Final report submitted and currently being reviewed by the Conservation Engineering Review Panel

Project Team:

  • Pingguo He (Project Leader, UMASS Dartmouth)
  • Sally Roman (UMASS Dartmouth)
  • Tor Bendiksen (Reidars Manufacturing Inc.)
  • Aaron Williams (Captain, F/V Tradition)

Project Summary:

The goal of this project is to test a modified groundfish trawl to reduce winter flounder while targeting cod in Southern New England. This project is designed to test a concept with a trawl groundgear with escape openings and a modified belly panel with large meshes.


Final Report

Data from Sea Trials