Gear Types


Gillnets are large nets that hang vertically in the water designed to entangle most things that swim into them.

Either attached to buoys and left to drift or anchored to the seafloor, gillnets are designed to catch and kill indiscriminately. Although some size selection can be achieved through altering the size of the holes in the gillnets, anything that does not fit through the gaps can easily become caught. This can lead to significant bycatch issues, as gillnets are non-selective, difficult to see, and often used in areas with high densities of all four ETP taxa.

ETP Impacts and Fishery Recommendations