Scientia Marina, Vol 83, No 3 (2019)

Comparing handline and trolling fishing methods in the recreational pelagic fishery in the Gulf of Oman


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.04864.10A

Morteza Eighani
Fisheries Department, Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Iran, Islamic Republic of
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6830-3644

Seyed Yousef Paighambari
Fisheries Department, Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Iran, Islamic Republic of
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8893-9308

Shannon M. Bayse
Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0343-4053

Abstract


The choice of fishing gear and catching strategy should be taken into consideration in the management of fish stocks. Here, paired fishing trials in a pelagic recreational fishery compared the catch composition, catch rate and size selectivity between handline and trolling fishing methods in Iranian coastal waters of the Gulf of Oman. Total catch rate was 1.06 fish hr–1 vs 0.88 fish hr–1 for handline and trolling, respectively, a 17% difference which was significant (p < 0.05). Generally, the handline method captured more fish than trolling for most species, but size selectivity tended to be species-specific per gear type. The handline fishing method captured larger talang queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus), while trolling captured larger narrow-barred Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson), pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello) and Indian threadfish (Alectis indicus). Technical measures, such as gear restrictions, could be applied to recreational pelagic fisheries management in the Gulf of Oman. Such measures could improve species-specific exploitation patterns.

Keywords


handline; trolling; catch efficiency; selectivity; recreational fishing; Gulf of Oman

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