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Helping Fishermen Catch What They Want, and Nothing Else

May 2, 2016

WCAI radio program, Living Laboratory: "Steve Eayrs, a research scientist at Gulf of Maine Research Institute, has worked with groundfishermen in Maine on similar efforts to reduce both by-catch (in this case, of other fish species) and fuel use.

Simply changing the speed of the boat, using nets with larger mesh sizes, or changing whether the openings in the net are square or diamond-shaped, can all make a difference. So can a little knowledge; Eayrs says installing fuel flow meters so fishermen can monitor their fuel usage produces immediate behavior changes, as fishermen work to reduce their own bottom line."