North Pacific Groundfish
Alaska Shellfish (Crab)
West Coast Groundfish
Pacific Islands Region
Alaska Marine Mammal
Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program
Saltwater has conducted field research on marine mammals since 1990. Our work has included the design and implementation of multiple year studies for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to document marine mammal and seabird interactions with particular commercial fisheries. This work is part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program (AMMOP).
In 2013 we completed a three-year study in in the Petersburg and Wrangell area of Southeast Alaska to estimate the level of serious injury and mortality of marine mammals and seabirds due to interactions with the salmon drift gillnet fishery. Saltwater has designed and implemented similar multi-year studies in the Prince William Sound and Yakutat areas. Our observers work aboard research vessels to obtain reliable estimates of incidental injury and mortality, identify changes in fishing methods that may decrease interactions, record data on by-catch and discards, and collect biological samples.