Assessment of a pilot study to collect coral bycatch data from the Alaska commercial fishing fleet

Robert P. Stone, & Sandra Brooke
The North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program is a potentially huge source of coral location data that could provide much needed information on high diversity hotspots and vulnerable marine ecosystems. We implemented a pilot project in 2012 and 2013 with experienced fisheries observers to improve data collection on coral bycatch by the Alaskan commercial fishing fleet. Observers were provided with coral identification training in a classroom setting and taxonomic field guides and instructed to...
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