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Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 5 Number 14: Electrofishing for Razor Clams (Ensis siliqua and E. arquatus): Effects on Survival and Recovery of Target and Non-Target Species

DescriptionTrawling and tank based trials were conducted to assess whether electrofishing (which is currently prohibited under EU regulations) for razor clams Ensis siliqua and E. arquatus affects survival and behaviour patterns in Ensis spp. and non-target species.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 16, 2014


Fiona Murray1, Philip Copland2, Philip Boulcott2, Mike Robertson2 and Nick Bailey2
Razorclam Fishermen's Forum; 2 Marine Scotland Science

ISBN 978 1 78412 854 8 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 38412
ISSN 2043 7722

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Executive Summary

Ensis fishery in Scotland
Fishing methods
1. Salting and hand-pulling
2. Hydraulic and Suction Dredging
3. Electro-fishing
Objectives of this study

Materials and Methods
Boat trials
Vessels and electrofishing equipment
Study areas
Experimental design
Electrical stimulus
In situ Recovery
Sandeel recovery
Physical impact of fishing gear on the seabed
Statistical analysis
Tank Trials
Electrical tests
Ensis survival and behaviour
Non-target species survival and behaviour
Statistical analysis

Boat trials
Ensis species
Non-target species
Tank trials
Electrical tests
Ensis siliqua
Non-target species





Video clips
Supplementary data
Sediment Properties
Tank experiments supplementary data

Razor clams (Ensis siliqua) caught near Skye, Scotland
Razor clams (Ensis siliqua) caught near Skye, Scotland

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