Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 572–586 | Cite as

A comparison between benthic gillnet and bottom trawl for assessing fish assemblages in a shallow eutrophic lake near the Changjiang River estuary

  • Yalei Li (李亚雷)
  • Qigen Liu (刘其根)
  • Liping Chen (陈丽平)
  • Liangjie Zhao (赵良杰)
  • Hao Wu (吴昊)
  • Liqiao Chen (陈立侨)
  • Zhongjun Hu (胡忠军)
Aquaculture and Fisheries


Two fishing methods including gillnetting and trawling to estimate attributes of fish assemblage were compared in Dianshan Lake from August 2009 to July 2010. Species composition differed significantly between the gears, with four significant contributors in gillnet catches and one in trawl catches. Trawling collected more proportions of benthic species by number and biomass than gillnetting. Size distribution was significantly influenced by fishing technique; gillnetting captured relatively less small-sized fishes and trawling captured less large-sized individuals. Trawling produced species richness closer to the one expected than gillnetting. On the whole, trawl catch was a quadratic polynomial function of gillnet catch and a significantly negative correlation was found between them, both of which varied as different polynomial functions of temperature. However, trawl and gillnet catches were significantly correlated only in one of five month groups. It is concluded that single-gear-based surveys can be misleading in assessments of attributes of fish assemblages, bottom trawling is a more effective gear for assessing fish diversity than benthic gillnetting, and using gillnet catches as an indicator of fish density depends on fishing season in the lake.


fishing gear expected species richness size structure catch per unit effort temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yalei Li (李亚雷)
    • 1
  • Qigen Liu (刘其根)
    • 1
  • Liping Chen (陈丽平)
    • 1
  • Liangjie Zhao (赵良杰)
    • 2
  • Hao Wu (吴昊)
    • 3
  • Liqiao Chen (陈立侨)
    • 4
  • Zhongjun Hu (胡忠军)
    • 1
  1. 1.Key laboratory of Freshwater Fishery Germplasm Resources, Ministry of AgricultureShanghai Ocean UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Xinyang College of Agriculture and ForestryXinyangChina
  3. 3.Nanjing Institute of Environmental ScienceMinistry of Environmental ProtectionNanjingChina
  4. 4.School of Life ScienceEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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