LIVING MARINE RESOURCES: Fish/Fisheries Management: Off the Hook

Off the Hook: an informational video for longline fishermen in Alaska

This video—presented in three parts—was produced jointly by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Marine Advisory Services with funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It was duplicated and distributed (in VHS and PAL format) with funding from the Alaska Department of Fish Game to all Alaska Federal Fisheries Permit (hook-and-line endorsement) or IFQ Permit holders affected by new and forthcoming seabird bycatch regulations.

The video provides information to help Alaska longline fishermen avoid catching seabirds and protect their fisheries. It portrays a variety of seabird species, in flight and interacting with longline gear. It also demonstrates how to rig and deploy streamer lines – a seabird bycatch deterrent required on most Alaska longliners by new regulations in 2003.

  

More Information

For more information about seabird regulations contact:

Further information on seabird bycatch research is available:

Seabird Avoidance Measures - Regulatory Update

Proposed revisions to seabird avoidance measures in the hook-and-line fisheries off Alaska, 68 FR 6386, February 7, 2003, and the accompanying analysis document (DRAFT Seabird EA/RIR/IRFA, December 2002) can be found at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/actionplans.htm. A final rule is expected to be published in Fall 2003.

The proposed requirements include:

See the proposed rule and the forthcoming final rule for specific details of regulatory requirements. Do not rely on this list alone for regulatory compliance.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will continue to build and distribute streamer lines with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Free streamers can currently be picked up at the following locations. Contact Erik Hanson for alternate delivery options and more information see: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/streamers.htm.