Size selectivity of three diamond mesh codends for the European hake (Merluccius merluccius) and the tub gurnard (Trigla lucerna) in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey

Deval M. C., Bok T., Ates C., Ozbilgin H.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ICHTHYOLOGY, vol.23, no.2, pp.167-172, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The effects of an increase in the codend mesh size from 44 to 56 and 80 mm on size selectivity of the two by-catch species (the European hake Merluccius merlucius and the tub gurnard Trigla lucerna) commonly captured in the shrimp fishery in the Sea of Marmara, were evaluated. The parameters of the logistic selectivity model were estimated by maximum likelihood. Length at 50% retention, L-50, was found to increase with mesh size for both species. The L-50 values of 44, 56 and 80 mm were, respectively, 19.8, 21.5 and 33.4 cm for European hake, 17.9, 17.7 and 25.6 cm for tub gurnard. The main conclusions are that 44 mm and 56 mm diamond mesh codends retain a considerable amount of undersized hake and tub gurnard as by-catch in the shrimp fishery. With 80 mm mesh size codend, most juvenile European hake are released. For the tub gurnard, however, even this mesh size does not provide a good enough selection. From the biological point of view, it is concluded that the legal 44 mm diamond mesh codend does not provide satisfactory selection for European hake and the tub-gurnard in trawl fisheries of the Sea of Marmara.