Data summary of trap camera video obtained during sablefish bottom longline trap fishing at SGaan Kinghlas - Bowie Seamount, 2014-2015: Fs97-13/1276E-PDF

“The British Columbia Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) fishery has operated at SGaan Kinghlas - Bowie (SK-B) Seamount since 1985. The fishery uses conical traps with a bottom diameter of 54-58” attached to anchored bottom longlines, usually with 40-80 traps per set. In 2008, the SK-B seamount Marine Protected Area (MPA) was established around three seamounts: Hodgkins, Davidson and SK-B. Hodgkins and Davidson seamounts comprise Zone 3, and the top 457 m of SK-B seamount comprise Zone 1; both are completely closed to fishing. A Sablefish bottomlongline trap fishery is allowed only in Zone 2 at depths below 457 m on SK-B Seamount. Since 2012, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Simon Fraser University, and Wild Canadian Sablefish Ltd., have collaborated on a joint research project that developed, and now deploys, an innovative trap camera system designed to collect deep-sea video observations from commercial longline trap fishing gear for monitoring and assessing potential fishing gear impacts on seafloor ecosystems in Zone 2. This report summarizes video observations of physical substrate (e.g., bottom type), deep-water corals (Order Alcyonacea, Order Pennatulacea, and Family Stylasteridae), and sponges (Classes Demospongiae and Hexactinellida) from two commercial Sablefish fishing trips to SK-B during May 2014 and May 2015"--Background, p. 1.

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Title Data summary of trap camera video obtained during sablefish bottom longline trap fishing at SGaan Kinghlas - Bowie Seamount, 2014-2015
Series Title Canadian data report of fisheries and aquatic sciences,
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
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Date 2017.
Number of Pages iii, 20 p. :
ISBN 978-0-660-08362-9
Catalogue Number
  • Fs97-13/1276E-PDF
Subject Terms Fisheries technology, Environmental impact, Aquatic ecosystems, Marine conservation areas