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This Week in Bycatch with Jeff Lockwood

Apr 18, 2020
Halibut
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The National Marine Fisheries Service releases updated numbers on crab, salmon, and halibut bycatch in fisheries across Alaska each Thursday.  KBBI’s sifts through the data to bring you this report.

Halibut bycatch mortality in 2020 crossed the 2 million pound marker during the week ending April 11, sitting at 2,094,102 pounds.  

Halibut
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Each Thursday, the National Marine Fisheries Service releases bycatch data from the previous week for fisheries across Alaska.  The National Marine Fisheries’ Service, or NMFS, recorded unusually high numbers of bairdi crab bycatch by non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers during the week ending April 4.  Trawlers targeting arrowtooth flounder in Area 630, the Central Gulf of Alaska between the east side of Kodiak and Prince William Sound, landed 210,256 bairdi crab as bycatch.  This is the highest single week for bairdi reported in the last four years, and the third highest week for

This Week in Bycatch

Apr 6, 2020
Halibut
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   March saw the highest bycatch of opilio crab in the last four years.  The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, reported just over 290,000 opies caught, mostly by non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers, almost triple the next-highest total since 2017.  Almost 161,000 of those crab were caught the week ending March 21 in a single area, 521, northwest of the Pribilof Islands in the central Bering Sea.  

This Week in Bycatch

Mar 30, 2020
Halibut
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  Each week the National Marine Fisheries Service releases data from observers onboard fishing vessels about bycatch of halibut, salmon, and crab, and each week KBBI’s Jeff Lockwood sifts through that data for this report.  

This Week in Bycatch - March 20

Mar 24, 2020
Halibut
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Regulatory area 521, in the central Bering Sea just northwest of the Pribilof Islands, recorded the highest bycatch totals for nearly  all prohibited species for the week ending March 14.  Onboard observers reported 61000 bairdi crab, nearly 80,000 opilio crab, 771 king salmon, and ninety one thousand pounds of halibut mortality in that area.  The 168 red king crab caught there put it just behind area 509 north of False Pass, which recorded 252.  Pelagic, or midwater, trawlers caught most of the salmon, while non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers were responsible for the majority of the halibut

This Week in Bycatch - March 13

Mar 13, 2020
Halibut
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The commercial halibut quota for the IFQ longline fishery in Alaska dipped about ten percent overall for 2020, to just over 17 million pounds. Though halibut can’t be targeted until March 14, around 1.4 million pounds have already been killed incidentally in other fisheries that are already open, according to data from onboard observers compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

This Week in Bycatch - August 27

Aug 27, 2019
Halibut
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Halibut bycatch mortality rose in the week ending August 17 to 134,000 pounds from a little under 75,000 pounds the previous week.  Bycatch mortality in both the Pacific cod longline fishery and the pollock pelagic trawl fishery was lower than the prior week, while the share of the non-pelagic, or bottom, trawl fishery more than doubled to 125,000 pounds. The largest increases were in Area 630, covering the Central Gulf of Alaska between the east side of Kodiak and Prince William Sound, and its western neighbor Area 620.

This Week in Bycatch - August 14

Aug 15, 2019
Halibut
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Halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands in the week ending August 3 was lower than comparable weeks in the last five years.  Total mortality, as recorded by onboard observers and compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service, was fifty-seven thousand pounds.  During the same week in 2018, halibut death in other fisheries totaled seventy-five thousand pounds.  In the past five years, the highest total during this period was one hundred twenty eight thousand pounds in 2016. 

This Week in Bycatch - July 30

Jul 31, 2019
Halibut
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July continued to report the lowest catches of prohibited species in 2019 throughout groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands regulatory areas, according to reports from onboard observers compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service.  In the week ending July 20, total halibut bycatch in non-IFQ groundfish sectors was reported at 85,855 pounds.

Halibut
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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.