PIER researchers have several studies focused on swordfish ranging from gear trials and tagging to physiological studies on swimming performance.
The team is now working with cooperative fishers to trial deep-set buoy gear in the Southern California bight. The novel gear type was designed in 2010 by the PIER team in cooperation with the NOAA west coast region. 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 gear is now in exempted status with five vessels permitted to perform the trials through the 2016 swordfish season. This work continues to partner with the NOAA South Coast Region and is supported through several partner agencies including the NOAA Bycatch Reduction and Engineering Program, the Pew Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.
Buoy gear allows the fisher to know exactly when the fish bites the hook, so fish are almost always alive upon capture and provide excelent candidates for tagging studies.
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.