Fishing Gear

  • Michael Stachowitsch


For millennia, humans have devised equipment to variously trick and ever more efficiently capture sea life. A multi-billion dollar industry. And some folks happily spend their entire vacations and free time trying to catch fish & Co. On the equipment front, however, we always put more into the sea than we retrieve. This makes for untold tons of robust, fishery-related marine debris and millions of kilometers of fishing lines and ropes. Not to mention untold numbers of buoys and floats. You’re bound to encounter something from this category on virtually every visit to the beach. Caution, it can snag you as easily as it can a fish.


Buoy Bycatch Entanglement Fish box Fishing line Fishing net Ghost net Glow sticks Hooks Ingestion Lures Overfishing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Stachowitsch
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  1. 1.Department of Limnology and Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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