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GRANT NUMBER:  NA47FD0391          NMFS NUMBER: 93-WO-033

REPORT TITLE:  Framework for Industry Consideration of Incidental Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries

AUTHOR: Hoey, John J.

PUBLISH DATE:  September 4, 1996

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, National Program Office, F/SF2, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.   PHONE: (301) 713-2358

ABSTRACT

The objective of this project was to provide baseline information to members of the longline fishing industry to encourage practical suggestions for operational changes that could minimize bycatch.  Data from over 1,500 U.S. set records and over 5,400 Japanese set records were analyzed and summarized by region for catch composition, disposition characteristics, survival rates, and gear and operational features. The summary information was provided to fishermen at workshops conducted under the grant, at the Bycatch Symposia in Seattle and Rhode Island, and at the Blue Water Fishermen's Association's annual meeting.  These data allowed fishermen to compare their experiences against other fishery operations. Active participants in the pelagic longline fishery were surveyed for their opinions on practical options to reduce bycatch with minimal economic impact, and their responses were quantified. This project established the foundation for industry participation in the management process for developing mechanisms to address bycatch issues. 

 
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