The influence of artificial light on the capture of deep-water demersal fish by bottom trawling

John D M Gordon, Odd Aksel Bergstad, P L Pascoe

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Abstract

Lights were attached to the headline of a bottom trawl during a series of tows at 1000 in depth ill the Rockall Trough (northeast Atlantic). There was no significant difference in the overall numerical abundance of demersal fish between the trawl catches with light and the controls with no light. A principal components analysis based on the total fish catch between the experimental and the control stations showed no segregation. At the individual species level significant differences in catch rate were found for eight species, These are discussed in relation to the small amount of available information oil the visual systems of deep-sea demersal fish and their diet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJ MAR BIOL ASSOC UK
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Keywords

  • ELECTRIC LIGHT
  • MIDWATER TRAWL
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • ATLANTIC
  • ROCKALL TROUGH

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