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GRANT NUMBER:  NA76FD0033           NMFS NUMBER:  96-AKR-019

REPORT TITLE:  Study of Bycatch Avoidance by Fishermen in Hook and Line Greenland Turbot Fishery

AUTHOR:  Janet Smoker

PUBLISH DATE: December 14, 1998

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668.  TELEPHONE:  (907) 586-7280

ABSTRACT

The hook-and-line fishery for Greenland turbot in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands from 1995-97 is examined to document the effect of halibut and to determine what meaning sures are effective for controlling that bycatch. We provided the fleet with recent detailed information about areas of high halibut bycatch and implemented an individual vessel monitoring program during the 1997 season. The result was substantially improved halibut bycatch rates, allowing more turbot to be caught. We conclude that with sufficient incentives and timely information, fishermen will voluntarily take appropriate actions to control bycatch and additional regulatory measures may unnecessary.

 
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