PIER researchers had a 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 the NOAA Bycatch Reduction and Engineering Program.
The PIER team also embarked on several research cruises to the waters off Central California in an attempt to tag and track the movements of swordfish 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.
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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.
Watch Video of the PIER team deploying deep-set buoy gear for swordfish.