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additionally retain juvenile crabs. Observations on crab behavior around different trap designs showed that they search larger areas around traps with oval bases than those with rectangular ones, and this gives them more access to the trap entrances. Open funnel entrances allowed entry of most crabs contacting the traps and were superior to tight slit entrances because being open they permitted escape, thus reducing the non-target catch and the negative impact that lost gear causes on the aquatic resources by ghost fishing.

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