Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Finfish Bycatch in the U.S. Atlantic Bottom Longline Shark Fishery

Morgan, Alexia and Carlson , John and Ford, Travis and Siceloff, Laughling and Hale, Loraine and Allen, Mike S. and Burgess, George (2010) Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Finfish Bycatch in the U.S. Atlantic Bottom Longline Shark Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 72(2), pp. 34-38.

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Abstract

Bycatch in U.S. fisheries has become an increasingly important issue to both fisheries managers and the public, owing to the wide range of marine resources that can be involved. From 2002 to 2006, the Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program (CSFOP) and the Shark Bottom Longline Observer Program (SBLOP) collected data on catch and bycatch caught on randomly selected vessels of the U.S. Atlantic shark bottom longline fishery. Three subregions (eastern Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic Bight), five years (2002–06), four hook types (small, medium, large, and other), seven depth ranges (<50 m to >300 m), and eight broad taxonomic categories (e.g. Selachimorpha, Batoidea, Serranidae, etc.) were used in the analyses. Results indicated that the majority of bycatch (number) was caught in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and that the Selachimorpha taxon category made up over 90% of the total bycatch. The factors year followed by depth were the most common significant factors affecting bycatch.

Item Type: Article
Title: Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Finfish Bycatch in the U.S. Atlantic Bottom Longline Shark Fishery
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Morgan, Alexia
Carlson , John
Ford, Travis
Siceloff, Laughling
Hale, Loraine
Allen, Mike S.
Burgess, George
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 72
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 34-38
Date: 2010
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9676
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 16:32
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9676

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