Seabird Avoidance for Small Longline Vessels
With funds provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Marine Advisory Program has completed two projects to address the needs of small longline vessels encountering seabirds in Alaskan waters. Building on work by Ed Melvin of Washington Sea Grant, the first project tested a variety of gear and techniques for deterring seabird attacks on baited longline hooks. The second effort created streamer lines better suited to the many types of small vessels fishing in our waters.
“Testing an experimental davit and streamer line aboard the F/V Dues Payer II, Kodiak.”
Free streamer lines
Also required is a “seabird avoidance plan.” You can download the form from the NOAA webpage by clicking here (www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/torilines/form.pdf)
For more information about NOAA Fisheries Seabird Avoidance regulations, visit their Seabird Bycatch Information for Alaska Fishermen site. (http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/guide.htm)