publication . Article . 2010

Observer-reported skate bycatch in the commercial groundfish fisheries of Alaska

Duane Stevenson; Lewis, K. A.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
We analyzed skate catch data collected by observers in the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (NPGOP) from 1998 through 2008 to document recent changes in the identification of skates by observers and to examine the species composition of observed skate catch in Alaska’s groundfish fisheries as well as recent trends in skate retention by commercial fishermen. Historically, almost all skate bycatch has been reported by NPGOP observers as “skate unidentified.” However, since 2004 observers have been trained to identify skates to the genus and species level. In 2008 over 95% of all skates were identified at least to the genus level, and over 50% were identif...
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Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
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