NEFOPNortheast Fisheries Observer Program
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Spatial overlap Seasonal spatial overlap was quantified on an annual basis to examine how spiny dogfish distribution was related to both commercial fishery effort and catch throughout the NEFOP time series (1989-2009).
Preliminary analysis of observer data from the NEFOP revealed that the majority of spiny dogfish were captured by the SGN (autumn: 57%; spring: 47%) and OT fisheries (autumn: 29%; spring: 45%).
This fishery is a state-waters extension of the Mid-Atlantic gillnet fishery, which is observed by the NEFOP. The program's objective was to monitor the gillnet fishery for interactions between coastal bottlenose dolphins and the traditionally unobservable fleet (vessels that could not carry observers due to their small size).
In addition to the 10 stomachs examined for this study, another stomach was dissected and examined at sea by a NEFOP observer who retained only 14 otoliths: 9 Marlin-spike (Nezumia bairdii) and 5 Cocco's Lanternfish (Lobianchia gemellarii).
Our work was made possible by the dedication of observers from NEFOP and the cooperation of pelagic drift net fishermen.
Gilles, and the Observers of the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP); C.