Fish trap filled with reef fish

I found this fish trap on a deep reef in the Bahamas. The trap contained  3 queen angels, 2 gray angels, 2 coney groupers, 1 Nassau grouper and 1 parrot fish. The angels and parrotfish are considered bycatch but will not survive the pressure change once the trap is brought to the surface.  This trap was tied to a rope that ran square across the reef and was connected to more traps, about 60 feet apart. Trapping has severely depleted reef fish populations in the Bahamas.

I found this fish trap on a deep reef in the Bahamas. The trap contained 3 queen angels, 2 gray angels, 2 coney groupers, 1 Nassau grouper and 1 parrot fish. The angels and parrotfish are considered bycatch but will not survive the pressure change once the trap is brought to the surface. This trap was tied to a rope that ran square across the reef and was connected to more traps, about 60 feet apart. Trapping has severely depleted reef fish populations in the Bahamas.