Overview of the U.S. East Coast Bottom Longline Shark Fishery, 1994–2003

Morgan , Alexia and Cooper, Peter W. and Curtis , Tobey and Burgess, George H. (2009) Overview of the U.S. East Coast Bottom Longline Shark Fishery, 1994–2003. Marine Fisheries Review, 71(1), pp. 23-38.

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Abstract

The U.S. Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico commercial shark fisheries have greatly expanded over the last 30 years, yet fishery managers still lack much of the key information required to accurately assess many shark stocks. Fishery observer programs are one tool that can be utilized to acquire this information. The Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program monitors the U.S. Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico commercial bottom longline (BLL) large coastal shark fishery. Data gathered by observers were summarized for the 10-year period, 1994 to 2003. A total of 1,165 BLL sets were observed aboard 96 vessels, with observers spending a total of 1,509 days at sea. Observers recorded data regarding the fishing gear and methods used, species composition, disposition of the catch, mortality rates, catch per unit of effort (sharks per 10,000 hook hours), and bycatch of this fishery. Fishing practices, species composition, and bycatch varied between regions, while catch rates, mortality rates, and catch disposition varied greatly between species.

Item Type: Article
Title: Overview of the U.S. East Coast Bottom Longline Shark Fishery, 1994–2003
Personal Creator/Author:
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Morgan , Alexia
Cooper, Peter W.
Curtis , Tobey
Burgess, George H.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 71
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 23-38
Date: 2009
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9692
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:42
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 16:42
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9692

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