Seabird Publications

Since 1994, Ed Melvin has focused on developing methods to reduce the bycatch of seabirds. The following list of publications reflects the scope of his work. In addition, Melvin has written numerous publications — including reports and working papers — on albatross and petrel conservation, which may be accessed at the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) website.

If you are unable to obtain copies of any of these publications online, or for further information, please contact Melvin via email or phone number provided at right.

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General

Melvin E, Guy T, Gladics A, Suryan R (2014) Albatross protection and West Coast groundfish fisheries: what fishermen should know. WSG-MR 14-01, Washington Sea Grant, 4 p.

Melvin E (2013) Criteria for best practice seabird bycatch mitigation. SBWG-5 Doc 32, Fifth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, La Rochelle, France, 1-3 May 2013.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Wainstein MD (2005) Solving seabird bycatch in Alaskan fisheries: a case study in collaborative research. Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 2 p.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK (2003) Focusing and testing fisher know-how to solve conservation problems: a common sense approach. In Haggan N, Brignall C, Wood L (eds) Putting Fishers’ Knowledge to Work: Conference Proceedings. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Fisheries Centre Research Report, Vol. 11, pp. 224-226.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK (2001) Preface. In Melvin EF, Parrish JK (eds), Seabird Bycatch: Trends, Roadblocks and Solutions. University of Alaska Sea Grant, Fairbanks, AK, pp. v-vii.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK, editors (2001) Seabird Bycatch: Trends, Roadblocks and Solutions. AK-SG-01-01. University of Alaska Sea Grant, Fairbanks, AK.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK (2001) Symposium synthesis. In Melvin EF, Parrish JK (eds), Seabird Bycatch: Trends, Roadblocks and Solutions. University of Alaska Sea Grant, Fairbanks, AK, pp. 1-7.

Melvin EF, Robertson G (2000) Appendix 3: Seabird mitigation research in longline fisheries: status and priorities for future research and actions. In Cooper J (ed), Albatross and petrel mortality from longline fishing, International Workshop, Honolulu, HI, 11-12 May 2000. Marine Ornithology 28:178-181.

Norris S, Hall M, Melvin E, Parrish J (2002) Thinking like an ocean: ecological lessons from marine bycatch. Conservation in Practice 3:4-12.

Suryan RM, Dietrich KS, Melvin EF, Balogh GR, Sato F, Ozaki K (2007) Migratory routes of short-tailed albatrosses: Time spent among exclusive economic zones of North Pacific Rim countries and spatial overlap with commercial fisheries in Alaska. Biological Conservation 137:450-460.

Thompson CW, Wilson ML, Melvin E, Pierce JD (1998) An unusual sequence of flight-feather molt in common murres and its evolutionary consequences. The Auk 115:653-669.

Pelagic Longline

Huang H-W, Yeh Y-M, Dietrich KS, Melvin EF (2012) Estimates of seabird incidental catch by pelagic longline fisheries in the South Atlantic Ocean. Animal Conservation 16(2):141-152.

Melvin EF, Baker GB, editors (2006) Summary report: seabird bycatch mitigation in pelagic longline fisheries workshop. Museum of Natural History, Hobart, Tasmania, October 14, 2006.

Melvin EF, Guy T (2011) A draft seabird bycatch conservation measure for tuna commissions. SBWG-4 Doc 56, Fourth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 22–24 August 2011.

Melvin EF, Guy TJ, Read LB (2014) Best practice seabird bycatch mitigation for pelagic longline fisheries. Fisheries Research 149:5-18.

Melvin EF, Guy TJ, Read LB (2013) Reducing seabird bycatch in the South African joint venture tuna fishery using bird-scaring lines, branch line weighting and nighttime setting of hooks. Fisheries Research 147:72-82.

Melvin E, Guy T, Sato N (2011) Preliminary report of 2010 weighted branchline trials in the tuna joint venture fishery in the South African EEZ. SBWG-4 Doc 07, Fourth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 22–24 August 2011.

Melvin EF, Guy TJ, Read LB (2010) Shrink and defend: a comparison of two streamer line designs in the 2009 South Africa tuna fishery. SBWG-3 Doc 13.rev1, Third Meeting of Seabird Bycatch Working Group Mar del Plata, Argentina, 08–09 April 2010.

Melvin EF, Guy T, Rose B (2009) Branchline weighting on two Japanese joint venture vessels participating in the 2009 South African tuna fishery: a preliminary report. WSG-TR 09-03, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 10 p.

Melvin EF, Heinecken C, Guy TJ (2009) Optimizing tori line designs for pelagic tuna longline fisheries: South Africa. Report of work under special permit from the Republic of South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marine and Coastal Management, Pelagic and High Seas Fishery Management Division.

Melvin EF, Walker N (2008) Optimizing tori line designs for pelagic tuna longline fisheries. Report of work under New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries Special Permit 355.

Demersal Longline

Gladics A, Melvin EF, Suryan R, Good T, Jannot J, Guy T (2017) Fishery-specific solutions to seabird bycatch in the U.S. West Coast sablefish fishery. Fisheries Research 196, pp. 35-95

Dietrich KS, Melvin EF, Conquest L (2008) Integrated weight longlines with paired streamer lines — best practice to prevent seabird bycatch in demersal longline fisheries. Biological Conservation 141:1793-1805.

Dietrich K, Melvin E, Conquest L (2006) Integrated weight longlines with paired streamer lines — best management practice for demersal longline fisheries: preliminary results. WG-FSA-06/52, CCAMLR, Hobart.

Dietrich KS, Parrish JK, Melvin EF (2009) Understanding and addressing seabird bycatch in Alaska demersal longline fisheries. Biological Conservation 142:2642-2656.

Guy TJ, Jennings SL, Suryan RM, Melvin EF, Bellman MA, Anderson DJ, Ballance LT, Blackie BA, Croll DA, Deguchi T, Geernaert TO, Henry RW, Hester M, Hyrenbach KD, Jahncke J, Ozaki K, Roletto J, Sato F, Shaffer SA, Sydeman WJ, Zamon JE (2013) Overlap of North Pacific albatrosses with the U.S. west coast groundfish and shrimp fisheries. Fisheries Research 147:222-234.

Melvin EF (2003) CCAMLR streamer line requirements revisited. WG-FSA-03/22, CCAMLR, Hobart, Tasmania.

Melvin, EF (2000) Streamer lines to reduce seabird bycatch in longline fisheries. WSG-AS 00-03, Washington Sea Grant Program, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Wainstein MD (2005) Solving seabird bycatch in Alaskan fisheries: a case study in collaborative research. Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 2 p.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Van Wormer K, Geernaert T (2004) The distribution of seabirds on Alaskan longline fishing grounds: 2002 Data Report. WSG-TA 04-02, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Mercy D (2003) Off the hook: An informational video for Alaska longliners. WSG-AV 03-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK, Dietrich KS, Hamel OS (2001) Solutions to seabird bycatch in Alaska’s demersal longline fisheries. WSG-AS 01-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Sullivan B, Robertson G, Wienecke B (2004) A review of the effectiveness of streamer lines as a seabird bycatch mitigation technique in longline fisheries and CCAMLR streamer line requirements. CCAMLR Science 11:189-201.

Melvin EF, Wainstein MD (2006) Seabird avoidance measures for small Alaskan longline vessels. WSG-AS 05-07, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 21 p.

Melvin EF, Wainstein MD, Dietrich KS, Ames KL, Geernaert TO, Conquest LL (2006) The distribution of seabirds on the Alaskan longline fishing grounds: implication for seabird avoidance regulations. WSG-AS 06-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 20 p.

Preventing seabird bycatch in North Pacific groundfish longline fisheries (2016) Washington Sea Grant.

Robertson G, Moreno CA, Gutierrez E, Candy SG, Melvin EF, Seco Pon, JP (2008) Line weights of constant mass (and sink rates) for Spanish-system Patagonian toothfish longline vessels. CCAMLR Science 15:93-106.

Trends in seabird bycatch in Alaskan longline fisheries 1993–2015 (2016) Washington Sea Grant.

Why avoiding albatross bycatch is important (2016) Washington Sea Grant.

Trawl

Dietrich KS, Melvin EF (2008) Alaska trawl fisheries: potential interactions with North Pacific albatrosses. WSG-TR-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, 43 p.

Dietrich KS, Melvin EF (2004) Annotated bibliography: Seabird interactions with trawl fishing operations and cooperative research. WSG-TA 04-02, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Fitzgerald S, Cardoso T (2011) Reducing seabird strikes with trawl cables in the pollock catcher-processor fleet in the eastern Bering Sea. Polar Biology 34:215–226.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Fitzgerald S, Cordoza T (2010) Reducing seabird strikes with trawl cables in the pollock catcher–processor fleet in the eastern Bering Sea, Third Meeting of Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels Mar del Plata, Argentina, 08–09 April 2010.

Melvin EF, Dietrich KS, Thomas T (2004) Pilot tests of techniques to mitigate seabird interactions with catcher processor vessels in the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery: final report. WSG-AS 05-05, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Gillnet Fisheries

Melvin, E (1995) Reduction of seabird entanglements in salmon drift gillnets through gear modification. WSG-AS 95-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Conquest L (1996) Reduction of seabird bycatch in salmon drift gillnet fisheries: 1995 Sockeye/pink salmon fishery — final report. WSG-AS-96-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Conquest LL, Parrish JK (1997) Seabird bycatch reduction: new tools for Puget Sound drift gillnet salmon fisheries. WSG-AS 97-01, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle.

Melvin EF, Parrish JK, Conquest LL (1999) Novel tools to reduce seabird bycatch in coastal gillnet fisheries. Conservation Biology 13:1386-1397.

Other Publications


Price RJ, Melvin EF (1989) On-board handling of albacore tuna for alternative markets. Final report to Saltonstall–Kennedy Program, National Marine Fisheries Service. California Sea Grant College Program.

Price RJ, Melvin EF, Bell JW (1992) Post-mortem changes in blast, brine, and brine-coil albacore. Journal of Aquatic Food Production Technology 1:67-84.

Price RJ, Melvin EF, Bell JW (1991) Postmortem changes in chilled round, bled and dressed albacore. Journal of Food Science 56:318-321.