Fishery-specific solutions to seabird bycatch in the U.S. West Coast sablefish fishery

U.S. West Coast


Target catch: 

Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

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

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.

Bycatch species: 

Fishing Gear: 

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