Scientia Marina, Vol 82, No S1 (2018)

Preliminary results on the use of semi-floating shrimp traps for the striped soldier shrimp, Plesionika edwardsii (Crustacea: Decapoda: Pandalidae), off the Algarve coast (southern Portugal)

Moritz Eichert
CCMAR, Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve - FCT, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Aida Campos
IPMA, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera - CCMAR, Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Paulo Fonseca
IPMA, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera - CCMAR, Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Victor Henriques
IPMA, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera - CCMAR, Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Margarida Castro
CCMAR, Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve - FCT, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal


The present study provides an account of an experimental survey aiming at the evaluation of the catchability of the striped soldier shrimp, Plesionika edwardsii, using semi-floating shrimp traps off the Algarve coast (southern Portugal). Currently, this species is not targeted by the crustacean bottom trawl fleet, and preliminary results on product value suggest that this may become an economically viable new fishery. Preliminary results suggest that this fishery could contribute to the diversification of fixed gears of low environmental impact targeting deep-water crustaceans, in agreement with the objectives of both the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. However, potential spatial conflicts with trawling, the unknown size of the resource and a necessary precautionary approach may limit the number of licences that can be granted.


semi-floating shrimp traps; crustacean fisheries; Plesionika edwardsii; southern Portugal

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