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Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries: 2018

The focus of this report is to add and describe seabird bycatch data for 2018. This report presents bycatch estimates from the following gear types: demersal longline, pelagic trawl, non-pelagic trawl, and pot. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/AKR-20
May 01, 2019 - Technical Memo ,

Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Seabird Working Group Meeting

The Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Seabird Working Group will meet to discuss use of leading indicators as tool to assess inseason seabird bycatch risk, vessel-specific seabird bycatch mortality, and an update on studies examining seabird bycatch in the
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07/15/2019

Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries From 2016 Through 2017

NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/AKR-18
November 28, 2018 - Technical Memo ,

Additional Seabird Bycatch Resources

Non-NOAA organizations working to reduce seabird bycatch - their projects, data and reports.

The History of Seabird Bycatch Reduction in Alaska

Seabird avoidance measures for groundfish hook-and-line vessels fishing in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska were first required in 1997 to mitigate fishery interactions with the short-tailed albatross and other seabird species.

Alaska Regulations on Seabird Avoidance and Listed Seabirds

Regulations and guidance on seabird bycatch avoidance in Alaska's fisheries

Seabird Bycatch in Alaska

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

The presence of "free" food in the form of offal and bait attracts many birds to fishing operations. In past years, more than 20,000 seabirds were hooked annually in groundfish fisheries off Alaska.

Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program

NOAA Fisheries is not operating the Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program (AMMOP) due to a lack of available resources to fund additional observations of the southeast Alaska salmon drift gillnet fishery. We will reassess future AMMOP activities as

Seabirds

Seabirds are a vital part of marine ecosystems and are valuable indicators for ecosystem health. Most of the 312 species of seabirds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and some are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Hawaiian sunset and red-footed booby. Credit: NOAA/Adam U.