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Tools for Reducing Inadvertent Take and Bycatch Wastage
of Skates and Sharks in Hook-and-Line Fisheries
National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, 709
W. 9th Street, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99801.
PHONE: (907) 586-7224
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sharks are the major components of the "other species"
quotas under the Fisheries Management Plans for Groundfish
in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and the
Gulf of Alaska. In 1998, the BSAI quota of other species
was exceeded by 15%. In 1999, the bycatch of skates by
some vessels participating in Community Development Quota
fisheries was higher than expected, threatening boat quotas.
In 1998, the Alaska Board of Fisheries took action to
close the state commercial fishery for sharks and establish
permit requirements for fishing for skates and rays in
state waters. This project intended to expand information
about the distribution of sharks and skates in a way useful
to fisheries planners and to hook-and-line fishermenthe
group of Alaskan fishermen who most frequently encounter
these species. This project also provided recent information
about utilization. Given that some level of bycatch is
inevitable in hook-and-line fisheries, there may be potential
to develop markets for fish that currently are being discarded.
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