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U.S. swordfish fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean
  • Published Date:
    2014
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (U.S.)
  • Description:
    This working paper presents catch, effort and catch-per-unit-effort information on U.S. fisheries for swordfish in the North Pacific Ocean. The major gear types employed by U.S. fisheries were harpoon, drift gill net, and longline. The oldest of the fisheries was the California harpoon fishery which dates back to the early 1900's. The California drift gillnet fishery began in early the 1980's and was the dominant fishery for swordfish throughout that decade. This fishery was succeeded by the Hawaii-based longline fishery in 1990 as the largest U.S. fishery for swordfish. The longline fishery is currently the largest fishery for swordfish in the North Pacific Ocean. Longline vessels in Hawaii also migrate to California. This report summarizes historical trends and recent developments for each of these fisheries.

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