National Marine Fisheries Service

10/22/2021 | Press release | Archived content

West Coast Whiting Trawl Seabird Cable Strike Meeting Announcement

NMFS announces a virtual meeting to present the results of research studies conducted on seabird cable strikes in the West Coast at-sea Pacific whiting fishery. Seabirds congregate around trawlers to feed on offal, putting them at risk of colliding with cables (trawl warps and data cables) that run aft of at-sea factory trawlers (referred to as catcher/processors). Research projects observing seabird cable strikes and other interactions, as well as testing of mitigation measures, have been conducted in the West Coast at-sea whiting fishery. NMFS will present results from these studies to inform a discussion of their application to management.

The virtual meeting will be held on December 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (or until business is concluded). Instructions for attending the meeting will be provided on the web at and through a public notice to be emailed out to the West Coast Groundfish Listserve. Sign up to receive West Coast Groundfish public notices at After entering your contact information, check the boxes for the "Groundfish" and/or "Pacific Whiting" topics under "West Coast Updates".