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Testing electronic monitoring and addressing observation constraints in a developing deep-set fishery for swordfish in California

Commercial fishing for swordfish in Southern California is experiencing a period of transition, and it is in these periods of flux that opportunities for modernization and innovation can arise and take hold.  The recent recommendation for the authorization of a new deep-set fishery for swordfish offers an example of how innovation in fishing gear technology can help provide forward momentum and opportunity during a period of fishery decline. ...

Deep-Set Buoy Gear and Swordfish: NMFS Moves Forward

In August, the West Coast Region branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service announced a move to allow deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) for swordfish in federal waters offshore of California and Oregon. It’s a step that fishery officials are optimistic could help invigorate commercial domestic swordfish markets. Officials also say that the move could potentially provide almost $5 million in annual revenue for fishers, an economic impact that could expand if deep-set gear proves widely adaptable....

Kelp Forest Research

For over 10 years, researchers at the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) have used Loggerhead products to study white seabass. Using the acoustic data they collected, the team identified spawning-related sounds (chants) the fish make around sunset in May and June. This confirmed the utility of a bioacoustic approach to non-invasively identify white seabass spawning periods and locations....

Innovation In Swordfish Fishery Fetches A Higher Market Price

A new method of fishing for Pacific swordfish off the West Coast is proving its value to both fishermen and protected species. As part of its effort to maximize economic benefits while minimizing non-target catch, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has considered and recommended to NOAA Fisheries a variety of exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications that, if issued, will test different methods to sustainably harvest Pacific swordfish....