Project Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area in Protecting Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Habitat
Goal or Purpose

To determine the effectiveness of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area (AIHCA) in protecting sensitive seafloor habitat from the damaging effects of fishing activities by creating regional maps of coral and sponge bycatch.

Anticipated Management Application(s)

Data will be used by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to analyze the effectiveness of the AIHCA and guide further management actions.

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2011 @ $32,500

 
Region(s):
  • North Pacific Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Closure areas of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area, which were proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in February 2005 and approved by NOAA Fisheries in 2006. Credit: John V. Olson, NOAA Fisheries AKRO
Project Type:
  • Bycatch Analysis
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NMFS AFSC
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area in Protecting Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Habitat
Methods/Approach

Commercial fishery data from the NOAA Fisheries North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (NORPAC) database includes coral and sponge bycatch data and spatial information for three major gear types used in the region. Using this information, regional maps of coral and sponge bycatch will be produced for each year (2002-2010). These maps will then be analyzed to determine if the bycatch of corals and sponges has been significantly reduced since the AIHCA closure was implemented.

Project Results and Management Outcomes  None Defined
Project Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area in Protecting Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Habitat
Internal References:
  •  None Defined
 
Backlinks:
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Closure areas of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area, which were proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in February 2005 and approved by NOAA Fisheries in 2006. Credit: John V. Olson, NOAA Fisheries AKRO