Observations of the 1992 U.S. Pelagic Pair Trawl Fishery in the Northwest Atlantic

Gerrior, Patricia and Williams, Amy S. and Christensen, Darryl J. (1994) Observations of the 1992 U.S. Pelagic Pair Trawl Fishery in the Northwest Atlantic. Marine Fisheries Review, 56(3), p. 24.

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Abstract

Pelagic pair trawling for tuna, Thunnus spp., and swordfish, Xiphias gladius, was introduced in U.S. Northwest Atlantic waters in 1991. During autumn (October-November) of 1992 under the authority oft he Federal Atlantic Swordfish Regulations, the National Marine Fisheries Service placed observers aboard pelagic pair trawl vessels to document the catch, bycatch, discard, and gear used in this new fishery. The fishery is conducted primarily at night along shelf-edge waters from June to November. In late 1991, revised regulations restricted swordfish to bycatch in this fishery resulting in pelagic pair trawl vessels targeting tuna throughout 1992. Analyses of 1992 data indicate that albacore, T. alalunga, was the predominant species caught, although yellowfin tuna, T. albaeares, and bigeye tuna, T. obesus, were the preferred target species. Bycatch also included swordfish, large sharks, pelagic rays and other pelagic fishes, other tunas, and marine mammals.

Item Type: Article
Title: Observations of the 1992 U.S. Pelagic Pair Trawl Fishery in the Northwest Atlantic
Personal Creator/Author:
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Gerrior, Patricia
Williams, Amy S.
Christensen, Darryl J.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 56
Number: 3
Page Range: p. 24
Date: 1994
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9851
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 15:44
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 15:44
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9851

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