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West Coast Whiting Trawl Seabird Cable Strike Meeting Announcement

October 22, 2021

For more information, contact Keeley Kent, Groundfish Branch Chief, at (206) 247-8252 or keeley.kent@noaa.gov.

NMFS announces a virtual meeting to present the results of research studies conducted on seabird cable strikes in the West Coast at-sea Pacific whiting fishery. Seabirds congregate around trawlers to feed on offal, putting them at risk of colliding with cables (trawl warps and data cables) that run aft of at-sea factory trawlers (referred to as catcher/processors). Research projects observing seabird cable strikes and other interactions, as well as testing of mitigation measures, have been conducted in the West Coast at-sea whiting fishery. NMFS will present results from these studies to inform a discussion of their application to management. 

The virtual meeting will be held on December 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (or until business is concluded).

 

To join the meeting

Meeting link: https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/j.php?MTID=mf8ed941a61d2a2db85cc683239c30845
Meeting number: 2761 947 4792
Password: 503 877 9876

 

Agenda topics

  • At-Sea Hake Observer Program cable strike research presentation
  • Oregon Sea Grant/Northwest Fisheries Science Center cable strike research presentation
  • Discussion of seabird cable strike mitigation measure testing and best practices
  • Public comment

 

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Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on November 23, 2021

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