Seabird Bycatch in Alaska

Reducing seabird incidental take in longline, also known as hook-and-line, fisheries off Alaska.

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The Alaska Region has been actively addressing seabird incidental take in longline, or hook-and-line, fisheries off Alaska since 1989. AKR seabird-related responsibilities and activities include consultations under the Endangered Species Act, data collection by fishery observers, public and industry outreach and education, research, regulatory action, and participation in the development of actions to reduce the incidental take of seabirds in Alaska fisheries. The Alaska Region plays a proactive role in its coordination with local, regional, national, and international agencies, organizations, and experts in its efforts to reduce seabird incidental take in hook-and-line fisheries. 

Resources

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Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries: 2018

Seabirds are unintentionally caught in commercial fisheries and this unintentional catch is referred to as bycatch. Federal law in the US requires

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Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries From 2016 Through 2017

NOAA Fisheries annually updates estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska.

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Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries - 2015 Annual Report

NOAA Fisheries annually updates estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska.

Publications

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National Plan of Action for the Reduction of Seabird Incidental Catch in Longline Fisheries

Increased concerns have arisen about the incidental capture of non-target species in various fisheries throughout the world. Incidental capture can

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on June 13, 2019

Seabird Bycatch