Maine Seafood Guide - Vessels & Gear: Traps

Vessel & Gear Guide
Traps

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Weir
An enclosure of vertical sticks or poles driven into the bottom of shallow waters and interwoven with brush, branches, or netting. Weirs come in varying shapes and sizes, but all are designed to direct migrating or schooling fish into a maze-like trap, where they are collected by hand from dories.

Pound net
Similar to a weir, a stationary net enclosure in shallow water designed to intercept and trap migrating fish which are then accessed with small boats. Pound nets use systems of floats and anchors to keep the netting in place.

Fyke net
A funnel-shaped net anchored parallel to the shoreline of tidal rivers. The wide, open end of the net faces downstream to catch migratory, sea-run (“diadromous”) fishes such as juvenile eels (elvers), which are then directed to a closed end of the net.