NMFS publishes draft regulations
The National Marine Fishery Service published draft regulations on seabird avoidance for the U.S. West Coast longline fishery on September 9th, 2014. There will be a 30 day comment period, ending on October 9th, 2014.
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Scientists at Washington Sea Grant and Oregon State University are working with the fishing industry to develop effective, practical tools to reduce the mortality of albatrosses and other seabirds in the West Coast’s longline sablefish fishery. The primary goal of this research is to adapt seabird-avoidance techniques that have proven effective in Alaskan longline fisheries to the various longline gear configurations used by the West Coast fishery.
We need your help
New limits are in place on the number of albatrosses that can be taken in the West Coast groundfish fisheries, and new streamer line requirements are coming on line in 2014 for larger vessels catching groundfish with longline gear. We need your help to put together a research program with industry to find practical and effective ways to prevent albatross deaths in these longline fisheries, especially for smaller vessels in the fleet.
Albatrosses of the North Pacific
Learn how to identify the three North Pacific albatrosses, and how to tell the endangered short-tailed albatross apart from the others.