NEW RESEARCH VESSEL

The shark research vessel that will be used for evaluation of the entangling leader. The vessel was purchased in part using donor funds.

Recent Developments in Bycatch Reduction Research

Thanks to the support of donors from as far away as Australia, we were able to test the entangling leader design. We used ultra high molecular weight polyethylene line that was looped seven times just above the hook eyelet. We baited entangling leaders (and controls) with whole fish. Results from tests conducted offshore of Mobile Bay, Alabama, proved the entangling leader does indeed perform as expected. Although these were small-scale tests, control leaders, without an entangling leader, captured sharks whereas the entangling leaders did not. However, typical sportfish (redfish) were taken on the entangling leader. Control leaders captured both blacktip and sharpnose sharks