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Mortality of Diplodus annularis and Lithognathus mormyrus released by recreational anglers: Implications for recreational fisheries management

AuthorsAlós, Josep ; Palmer, Miquel ; Grau, Antoni Maria
Issue Date2009
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
CitationFisheries Management and Ecology 16: 298- 305 (2009)
AbstractThe factors affecting mortality in Diplodus annularis (L.) and Lithognathus mormyrus (L.) caught and released in a recreational fishery in the Balearic Islands (NW Mediterranean) were examined. A total of 194 and 214 specimens of each species, respectively, were caught and individually monitored in containment tanks for 10days. The circumstances of the catch, such as capture depth, water temperature, fish size, hook type, hook location, bleeding, unhooking time and cutting the hook line were tested with a logistic regression model. Diplodus annularis experienced moderate rates of mortality (15%), and only deep-hooking was a significant predictor of death. The incidence of undersized fish for this species was 48%. By contrast, L. mormyrus exhibited higher mortality rates (33%) with over 90% of the catch under the minimum legal size. Deep-hooking was the strongest predictor of mortality. When circle hooks were used, or if the line was cut when the fish were deep-hooked, mortality was considerably reduced. Strategies, such as promoting the use of more selective gears that reduce the capture of undersized fish and implementing gentler release techniques, should be considered in managing these species. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1111/j.1365-2400.2009.00675.x
issn: 0969-997X
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