Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries - 2015 Annual Report
NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/AKR-13
NOAA Fisheries annually updates estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska. This annual report provides detailed seabird bycatch estimates by gear type for the years 2007 through 2015 and supplements “Seabird Bycatch and Mitigation Efforts in Alaska Fisheries Summary Report: 2007 through 2015” (Eich et al. 2016). This report presents estimates from the gear types hook-and-line (specifically demersal longline), pot, pelagic trawl, and non-pelagic trawl. The estimates provided here do not apply to gillnet, seine, troll, or jig gear.