SCALLOP DREDGES: FLOUNDER SWEEP
A Modified Flounder Sweep for Bycatch Reduction
Project Leads: Chris Parkins, Farrell Davis
Client: NOAA/NMFS Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program
The goal of this project is to test a modified flounder cookie sweep on the outer bale bars of the scallop dredge in the LAGC commercial scallop fleet and film fish-dredge interactions to monitor the effectiveness of gear modification. Catch data will be recorded during 25 DAS aboard an LAGC vessel during commercial fishing trips where catch is retained. If the gear modification proves successful, future testing can be expanded to other LAGC vessels.