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2021 Alaska Fisheries Science Center Year In Review

In 2021 we conducted 22 research surveys and placed 355 observers on commercial fishing vessels and in 12 processing plants. We collected valuable biological, oceanographic, and socio-economic information and monitored fisheries catch and bycatch.

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Oceanic whitetip shark swimming in deep ocean waters. Oceanic whitetip shark. Hawaiʻi longline fishermen use leaders to connect weighed branch lines and baited hooks. A new rule prohibits steel wire leaders in the Hawaiʻi deep-set longline fishery, starting May 31, 2022. The rule aims to increase the survival of hooked oceanic whitetip sharks caught as bycatch in the Pacific Islands region. Credit: Andy Mann