DECLINE IN TRAWL EFFORT (FIGURE B.38)

Although scientists do not have trawl effort data for all NMFS regions, sufficient data are available to document a considerable decline in trawling in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, and the Gulf of Mexico between the early 1990s (1991–1994) and later in the decade (1998–2000).

FIGURE B.38 Trawl effort for U.S. trawl fisheries by region, 1991–1994 and 1998–2000. Although scientists do not have trawl effort data for all NMFS regions, sufficient data is available to document a decline in trawling in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, and the Gulf of Mexico between the early 1990s (1991–1994) and later in the decade (1998–2000). The percentage decline in fishing effort (number of tows or fishing days) were calculated for the Gulf of Mexico, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and Washington and Oregon. The 1998–2000 effort is depicted relative to the effort level in the 1991–1994 period.

NOTE: With regard to this figure, a statement within the text needs to be changed. On page 44 (column two, first sentence), the sentence beginning “Comparing the two periods…” should read “…declined 12 percent…” (instead of 41 percent).



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