Catch composition and some other aspects of bottom trawl fishery in Sigacik Bay, central Aegean Sea, eastern Mediterranean

Soykan O. , Akgul S. A. , Kınacıgil H. T.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ICHTHYOLOGY, cilt.32, ss.542-547, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 32
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/jai.13042
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.542-547


The objective of the study was to determine the features of the bottom trawl fishery such as catch composition, catch per unit effort (CPUE) and the discard ratios in the Sigacik Bay fishery, central Aegean Sea. A commercial trawler conducted trawl operations from October 2008 to April 2009, with a total of 18 trawls in autumn, winter and spring (six hauls per season). In total, 84 species were identified, 47 of which belonged to the bony fishes, while other groups contributed nine (cartilaginous fish), 10 (cephalopods), 13 (crustaceans), four (echinoderms) and one (porifera) species. Some 49 species were discarded regardless of length. Total catch was 3693.2 kg of which 66.8% was marketed. Among the commercial species, rose shrimp (Parapenaeus longirostris) dominated the catch composition with 998 kg. However, discards accounted for 33.2% of the total catch biomass, with the majority represented by Lampanyctus crocodilus with 97 kg total weight. The study area is considered one of the most efficient trawling zones in the Aegean Sea and thus requires long-term monitoring in terms of fish stocks and trawl discards for the preparation of well-informed decisions for a sustainable fishery.