PIER researchers are in the middle of another productive field season developing and testing deep-set techniques for swordfish off Southern California. The experimental gear is designed to selectively target swordfish at depth during the day and simultaneously avoid sensitive bycatch species like sea turtles and marine mammals. The Southern California work partners with the NOAA SouthWest Region and is supported through several partner agencies including the NOAA Bycatch Reduction and Engineering Program.
The PIER team is also analyzing swordfish movement data obtained from the waters off Central California. This work is focused on documenting swordfish depth distribution within the waters of the Pacific Leatherback Closure Area (North of Point Conception, CA). This work is supported through NOAA and the State funded CFR-West Program.
PIER moves to a new location in South Oceanside! Location is at 2110 South Coast Highway, right next to Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle.
White Seabass Stock Assessment
PIER researchers team up the Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment Methodology (CAPAM) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to initiate the first steps towards a stock assessment for the white seabass off the California coast.
The work will be headed up by Dr. Juan Valero and SIO doctoral student Lynn Waterhouse. Read more about this.