Draft report: Fishing Effort in the 2001-2015 Pacific Coast Fisheries

NOAA has released a new draft report on the West Coast groundfish fisheries.

From the Executive Summary:

This report analyzes trends in fishing effort in the U.S. Pacific coast groundfish fisheries for the period 2002-2015. We describe changes in the amount, timing, location, and depth of fishing effort by analyzing landed weight of targeted species, number of hauls, and tow duration or fixed gear units. We focus on changes that have occurred since the 2011 implementation of an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program.

 Fishing Effort in the 2001-2015 Pacific Coast Fisheries (Draft)