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Design and Operation of a Small Two-Boat Purse Seine
Eldon J. Levi
Vol. 4, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 385-387
Published by: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1352166
Page Count: 3
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A small purse seine, 250 ft. long and 23 ft. deep, and two 14 ft. purse boats to fish it in shallow estuaries for menhaden (Brevoortia) are described. The seine is made of No. 6 nylon in the two wings and heavier No. 15 nylon in the center bunt. Mesh is 1⅜ in. bar. Purse boats have a 7 ft. beam and 2 ft. of freeboard, and are built of ¼ in. marine plywood and seasoned oak ribs. A 40 hp outboard motor mounted in a center well powers each boat. Boats and seine are portable (on trailers) and can be used any place where launching sites are available. Over 40,000 menhaden were caught and marked with internal ferro-magnetic tags over a 3-year period. Boats and seine also could be used to capture other schooling species.
Estuaries © 1981 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation