How Gill Nets Work.
Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:53 AM
Mesh size? Not sure it would be a good thing for us. We want to catch bigger fish, but if the mesh size is increased, the gill nets will be taking excatly the fish that we would like to catch more of. Yes, the juvenile bass do need to be allowed to grow, and spawn a few times before being caught. But to allow this, mesh size in gill nets would have to be increased to something like 120mm. Not only is that unrealistic, but they would then be catching bass of 4 and 5 lb, instead of the 1 1/2 to 2 lb fish that they mostly catch now.
I don't know what the answer is. Short of banning all gill netting, I suppose limiting it to outside 6 miles, or just allowing it inside certain sectors might be the answer. At least that would allow some of the fish to get around them.
Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:33 PM
Many anglers use trawled crabs for bait, theseare often trawled in bass and mullet nersury areas, ripping the sea bed up as they go.
Hmm This is the most confusing argument i think ive ever heard from anyone!
For a start. I dont think many(if any at all) anglers actualy trawl crabs, Maybe its just me but ive never heard of this... Through bass and mullet nursery areas...Even if anglers did this. Ok so the bass would have go at crab. But most anglers now adays would put em back. And what mullet would ever touch a crab bait?? Especialy trawled???
The most amusing part of your post is when you say ripping the seabed up as they go. Lost for words on that. Errrrrrrmmmm HOW!!!??????? Please elaborate on that for me.
Unless im missing something. In which case i humbily appologise...
:confused: :confused: :confused: !!!
Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:42 PM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:53 PM
Our local gill netters used to leave female thornies and Turbot in the net during the breeding season so the males would surround it and get caught. These are the guys that now moan about the lack of fish. If they had caught the fish after the breeding season then at least the future generation would have had a chance.
Our local Spur dog shoals went from 5 miles across Pest value to nothing in 5 years. All were heavy females in pup, and would give birth to 9 or 10 live young on the boat. Would it have not made sense for the longliners to wait until after they had had their young? at least leaving an opportunity for regeneration.
In both cases they would have caught the same weight of fish, just a few months later and the offspring would have had a chance.
Some of the ideas to help save stocks are so basically simple.
Don't blame the commercial fisherman but the rule makers that allow these practises.
Posted 06 January 2005 - 06:12 PM
that's the problem and always will be.
in Scotland & Wales if an angler stood at every constituancy in the elections as they are PR how many mp's would get elected by the list format?
that would give us a strong voice?
Posted 06 January 2005 - 08:27 PM
Trammel nets - I thought these were constructed so that a fish would push the smaller meshes though the big mesh and trap itslef in a 'pocket'?
bennyTHEBASS - Turn your 'caps lock' off please!!!
Posted 07 January 2005 - 02:52 AM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 03:05 AM
Which leads me to my next question. What percentage of commercial boats around the UK are full time?
Posted 07 January 2005 - 03:34 AM