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Environmental Trap Fishing

28 June 2010 No Comment

Environmental Trap Fishing
Project number: R003/09/DFT

Start date: 01/09/10
End date: ongoing
Location: Dahab/Gabal El Bent. Egypt.
Volunteers: Min 4. Max 20
Minimum qualification: Research Diver Novice.



Participation in this project is available to non divers.

Objectives:

RED SEA RESEARCH is developing a trap fishing program involving the local Bedouin community. The traps are constructed of biodegradable and natural materials allowing local fishermen to catch live fish unharmed enabling the release of mature and inedible fish. This project requires volunteers to survey areas known to be targeted by local fisherman and assess the biodiversity and abundance of target fish species.  Upon placement of the traps volunteers will monitor and record the species, size and quantity of the fish caught in the traps. This method will improve the selection of species caught and reduce the destructive net and line fishing techniques which indiscriminately kill everything caught and often become entangled in the reef causing damage to the corals, trapping fish and mammals, and becoming a potential hazard to recreational divers.
This long term project will improve the local Bedouin’s understanding of resource management, the economic and environmental value of alternative fishing methods.

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