2011 National Workshop on Deepwater Release
FISHSMART BAROTRAUMA WORKSHOP
March 15-17, 2011
- Identify best practices and equipment to employ by anglers and regulatory agencies to increase the survival of angler-sought saltwater fishes, with emphasis on reef fishes under a variety of conditions/fisheries.
- Develop outline for messages directed to anglers to employ in their interaction with saltwater species, and
- Provide guidance to management bodies to reduce the interaction and lethality of such interactions, with those species by anglers through the consideration of management actions such as time/area closures, gear modifications, restrictions/usage and size restrictions and account for and incorporate release mortality/survivability into the regulatory process.
- Identify gaps in the current state of knowledge in need of additional research efforts/funding
Introduction –Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for NOAA
FishSmart Initiative – Gil Radonski/Andrew Loftus
Results of FMP Analysis and Literature Synopsis: Summary of What We Know - Gil Radonski/ Andrew Loftus
Frame the Overall Issue of Barotrauma and Release Mortality - Steve Theberge, Florida Sea Grant
Framing Regional Barotrauma Impacted Recreational Fisheries
- Gulf of Mexico - Karen Burns, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
- Pacific - Dan Wolford, Pacific Fishery Management Council
- Atlantic - Chip Collier, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Tee Up Issues (These brief descriptions provide a scientifically-based summary that can be used to guide discussion on the topic within break out groups.
- Avoidance: Management and Fishing techniques designed to prevent encounters of unwanted species/sizes – Gene Wilde, Texas Tech University
- Size: Effect of catching various sizes of fish on stock sustainability - Chris Lunsford, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- Venting and Decompression/Recompression: Techniques and appropriate uses of various decompression techniques. – Alena Pribyl, National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow, NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center
- Fish Friendly Tackle: Techniques and gear for releasing fish –Steve Theberge
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