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Reducing bycatch

The nets that are used to catch flatfish such as sole and plaice also inadvertently catch undersized fish and other sea creatures. Together with researchers from Wageningen UR, several fishermen adjusted the design of their nets, reducing bycatch by 25% without adversely affecting catches of commercial species.

The fishermen who used these nets in combination with electrical pulses, a technology partially based on research conducted by Wageningen UR, even reduced bycatch by 50%. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.

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