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PIER project aims to understand movements of the rare Pacific Sleeper Shark

In the 2019 Deep-set buoy gear season, a few fishers were surprised to discover Pacific Sleeper sharks come up on their lines.  This rare species of shark has been documented in several areas of the Pacific, but is seldom encountered in the waters off Southern California, likely due to its elusive, deep-water dwelling habits.   The fishers simply released the sharks, but when we caught a Sleeper shark during our own research trials later in the season, we made use of the encounter by equipping it with a satellite tag before releasing it back to the depths, giving us a rare look into its movements...

The PIER team petitions an Exempted Fishery Permit (EFP) from the Pacific Council for deepset buoy gear (DSBG)

The PIER team petitions an Exempted Fishery Permit (EFP) from the Pacific Council for deepset buoy gear (DSBG). In early 2015 the PIER team submitted an EFP application for five vessels to fish DSBG off California.  The EFP trials are a necessary step towards fishery implementation, and offer a way to validate recent research trials performed by the PIER team.   The EFP process also acts as a form of outreach to cooperative fishers and begins to slowly introduce the fishery and landings to  California.     ...