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Seamount fishery foreign vessel observer report, Kitakami Maru (August 15 to October 1, 1981)
  • Published Date:
    1981
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Southwest Fisheries Center (U.S.), Honolulu Laboratory,
  • Series:
    Administrative report H ; 81-09
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  • Description:
    "In May of 1981 Nippon Suisari of Tobata, Japan, notified the Honolulu Laboratory, Southwest Fisheries Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, of their intention to send two trawlers to fish in the U.S. Fishery Conservation Zone (FCZ) on the Hancock Seamounts, located northwest of Midway Islands. The Aso Maru entered the FCZ in June; on board the vessel was U.S. Observer Nathaniel Shippen of the Honolulu Laboratory (see SWFC Admin. Rep. H-81-4). seamount groundfish were taken by the Aso Maru in 9 days. The smaller Kitakami Maru, another veteran of the seamount trawl fishery , was then designated to take the balance of the 1981 allocation. It was requested that the observer for the Kitakami Maru board that ship in Japan to eliminate expensive running time to Midway from the fishing grounds. Departure date was set for August 3. The decision to wait until the latter part of the season was presumably based on catch rates in previous years, as well as on the success of the Aso Maru earlier this year. There may have been other factors such as scheduled maintenance and crew rotation after the winter season prawn fishery in the East China Sea. Whatever the reasons for waiting, by August and September the catch rates of armorhead and alfonsin had dropped drastically and resulted in only 244 tons of the remaining quota of 582 tons being caught. This season was perhaps the worst ever for the Japanese in this fishery , both inside and outside of the FCZ"--P. 1.

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