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Pair Trawling

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Pelagic Pair Trawling (image © Seafish)

Pair trawling is a fishing method where a large mid water trawl is pulled by two boats working as a team, one on each end of the net. The method is no longer used in Cornish waters by Cornish vessels, but is still carried out by French vessels sometimes within Cornwall's six mile limit

Pair trawls are used to target spawning bass during winter months and this leads to large mortality of breeding stock. There has also been a well documented problem with bycatch of dolphins and other cetaceans.

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