Deep-set buoy gear finally has management alternatives for use in a swordfish fishery off southern California, where the fishery will be a limited entry to approximately 300 commercial vessels. Once the fishery opens (off the Southern California Bight, southeast of Point Conception), 50 permits will be issued immediately, with 25 more permits following each year. The gear lessens the amount of bycatch, which is a major improvement over the previous gillnet gear used for swordfish. Outside the government specified area for the fishery, anyone can use the gear with a general highly migratory fishery permit. The Pacific Fisheries Management Council believe that the specifics on who qualifies and how these permits will be distributed will be determined by summer 2019. Read more here at the Council’s site.
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