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    By-catch in the longline fishery along the shelf slope of Kerguelen (Division 58.5.1) during the 1994/95 and 1995/96 cruises

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    Numéro du document:
    WG-FSA-96/11
    Auteur(s):
    Capdeville, D., Duhamel, G.
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    Résumé

    By-catch was observed during two successive cruises of longliners fishing for Patagonian toothfish Dissostichus eleginoides in approximately 500m depth along the shelf slope in the west of Kerguelen. By-catch consisted mainly of Rajidae Bathyraja spp. (85 %). The proportion of species taken in the by-catch was low (less than 0.75%) and does not represent a problem at the present level of fishing. The results indicate that longlining therefore is a highly target-specific method of fishing in the patagonian toothfish fishery.

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