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Stationary uncovered pound nets
Stationary uncovered pound nets
Source: FAO-Fish.Tech.Pap.222, p. 45

ISSCFG code: 08.1 – standard abbreviation: FPN
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OverviewStationary uncovered pound nets consist usually of net walls anchored or fixed on stakes, reaching from the bottom to the surface. The nets are open at the surface and include various types of fish herding and retaining devices. They are mostly divided into chambers closed at the bottom by netting. In Japan this group is usually referred to as 'set-nets' (not to be confused with the fixed gillnets).Handling EquipmentThese gears are usually hauled by hand.Vessel OverviewUsually small size open boats.Fish OperationThey are set close to the shore line in shallow waters direct in the migration tracks of the fishes. The fish enters voluntarily, but is hampered from coming out. Fishermen visit traps every day collecting only the captures and leaving the gears set in the same place for the whole season.Target SpeciesThese gears are used especially to catch migrating species, mainly pelagic fish.Water Area OverviewAll over the world.Gear EnvironmentStationary uncovered pound nets are generally operated in coastal zone sand shallow waters, either in inland, in estuarine and sea waters.ImpactsSpecies The potentially negative impact produced by this type of gears may result from bycatch/discards of undersize and juvenile specimens, no marketable specimens, non target species, etc., occasionally, in certain areas, incidental catch of a marine mammal such as seal.
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