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This Week in Bycatch - 07/23

Jul 24, 2019
Halibut
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Longliners targeting Pacific Cod posted the highest poundage of halibut bycatch for the week of July 13, according to public data released by the National Marine Fisheries Service, with 48,702 pounds.  Onboard observers recorded 3,946 pounds of that halibut was dead. Non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers recorded a total halibut mortality of 46,319 pounds.

This Week in Bycatch - July 17

Jul 17, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Bycatch of prohibited species in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands regulatory areas continued to be relatively low this week across all fisheries, according to the update by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) covering the week of July 6.  Only fifty kings and two thousand non-king salmon were caught incidentally. The bycatch of crab has also been low, only five thousand total animals.

Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands pelagic trawlers caught 312 king salmon in the week beginning June 15, bringing the total for the month of June to 1411.  During the same week, non-pelagic, or bottom trawlers caught 176 kings, according to data from onboard observers overseen by the National Marine Fisheries Service, (NMFS). June’s king salmon bycatch in the bottom trawl fishery to date is 762.  There was no reported salmon bycatch in the pot, jig, and non-halibut longline fisheries.  

This Week in Bycatch - June 18

Jun 18, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

 

  The National Marine Fisheries Service reports a total halibut bycatch for the first two weeks of June of 506,747 pounds in all groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands management areas, excluding the halibut and sablefish longline fisheries.   Total halibut mortality for the month so far is 460,457 pounds for a mortality rate of just under ninety-one percent.

 

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