Recent Trends in the Catch of Undersized Swordfish by the U.S. Pelagic Longline Fishery

Cramer , Jean (1996) Recent Trends in the Catch of Undersized Swordfish by the U.S. Pelagic Longline Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 58(3), pp. 24-32.

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Abstract

U.S. commercial vessels fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico have been subject to regulations limiting the landing of swordfish less than 25 kg whole weight since June 1991. The intent of those regulations was to reduce the mortality of immature swordfihs. Plots of fishing effort from 1990 to 1994 indicate that the regulations were effective in some areas. Fishing effort decreased after 1991 in the Venezuelan Basin, a swordfish nursery area. However, in areas close to the U.S. coastline, effort did not appear to shift away from areas where immature swordfish were discarded. To identify areas with high rates of discarding, plots were made showing areas where the number of discarded swordfish was equal to or greater than the number of fish landed.

Item Type: Article
Title: Recent Trends in the Catch of Undersized Swordfish by the U.S. Pelagic Longline Fishery
Personal Creator/Author:
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Cramer , Jean
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 58
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 24-32
Date: 1996
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9828
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:23
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:23
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9828

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