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“May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.”
- Irish Blessing
Local Species black cod, crab, prawns, rock crab, shrimp
Trap

Traps are a great way of fishing, especially for crustaceans, including crab, lobster, and shrimp. The trap is baited and placed on the seafloor to “soak.” Target species come from the surrounding area to feast on the bait, and when the fisherman hauls the trap up he can then selectively keep...

Traps are a great way of fishing, especially for crustaceans, including crab, lobster, and shrimp. The trap is baited and placed on the seafloor to “soak.” Target species come from the surrounding area to feast on the bait, and when the fisherman hauls the trap up he can then selectively keep the large animals and throw back the smaller ones (or females). This allows for more selective fishing, and improves the sustainability of the overall fishery.

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Pros Catch can be kept alive all the way to the consumer. Minimizes environmental damage compared to traditional bottom trawling, and also reduces bycatch.
Cons Some traps are baited with fish caught elsewhere, leading to unnecessary stresses on those populations. Trapping requires a varied duration of time between setting the trap and collecting the catch, requiring longer wait times and more trips on the boat. Traps lost at sea, either by storms or lost buoys, can result in "ghost fishing" where the gear continues to fish unattended; however, advances in materials have created deteriorating traps that rapidly break down if they are left at sea.