Phoebastria nigripes (Black-footed albatross)

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Study Type: 

Field study in the wild


U.S. West Coast

Target catch: 

Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)

Effect on bycatch species: 

Albatross attacked baited hooks on floated longlines at significantly higher rates than non-floated longlines, especially beyond the aerial extent of bird scaring lines. Additionally, night setting resulted in significant decreases in albatross bycatch.

Effect on target catch: 

Scaring lines had no effect on target catch. Night setting increased average retained catch by more than 40%.