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Hawaiʻi Shallow-set Longline Fishery Interactions with Leatherback Sea Turtles

A summary of current and historical fishery interactions with leatherback sea turtles.

Safe Handling and Release Practices for Sharks on Longline Vessels and Revision to Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

NOAA Fisheries is proposing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended, to implement Resolutions C-23-07 (Conservation Measures for the Protection and Sustainable Management of Sharks) and C-23-11 (On the Establishment of a Vessel…
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06/16/2024

Application Period for Limited Entry Deep-set Buoy Gear Permits CLOSES at midnight on August 7, 2023

Reminder of deadline to apply for a limited entry deep-set buoy gear permit under tiers 1-8
July 31, 2023 -

Applications for Deep-set Buoy Gear Permits are Now Available

Information on applying for the new Limited Entry Deep-Set Buoy Gear permit and the DSBG gear endorsements for highly migratory species permits
June 06, 2023 -

Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries: 2021

Annual update of estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska.
February 06, 2023 - Technical Memo ,

Bycatch Reduction Week

Bycatch—the catch of non-target species—is a complex, global issue that threatens the sustainability of our fishing communities, economies, and ocean ecosystems. Learn how we work to develop, test, and adopt gears that reduce bycatch in U.S. fisheries.
Red snapper with a monitor device to track post-release health and behavior Red snapper with a monitor device to track post-release health and behavior. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

2022 Standardized Bycatch Reduction Methodology (SBRM) Five-Year Review

All fishery management plans (FMP) must establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in the fishery. A review of SBRMs for each FMP must be performed at least once every five years.

Net Illumination Reduces Fisheries Bycatch, Maintains Catch Value, and Increases Operational Efficiency

We study how illuminating gillnets decreases bycatch and economizes resources for small-scale coastal gillnet fisheries.
January 20, 2022 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,
Image of illuminated gillnet with graph comparisons of bycatch. See publication for detailed description of data presented.

Longline Pot Gear for the Gulf of Alaska IFQ Sablefish Fishery: Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of regulations governing the use of longline pot gear in the sablefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This Small Entity Compliance Guide satisfies the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996…

Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries: 2020

Annual update of estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska.
October 05, 2021 - Technical Memo ,