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  H Shen , M. W Dorn , V Wespestad and T. J. Quinn

Shen, H., Dorn, M. W., Wespestad, V., and Quinn, T. J. 2009. Schooling pattern of eastern Bering Sea walleye pollock and its effect on fishing behaviour. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 1284–1288

Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) form persistent midwater and near-bottom schools in the daytime during the winter spawning season in the eastern Bering Sea (EBS). Two spawning areas in the EBS, north of Unimak Island and near the Pribilof Islands, are the main fishing grounds. To study the schooling pattern of pollock and its effect on fishing behaviour on these two fishing grounds, a principal component analysis with instrumental variables was carried out using acoustic and observer data from 2003 and 2005. Significant differences between the school descriptors distinguished the schooling patterns among areas and years. The harvester, that is to say, the fishing vessel and its crew taken together, searched for fish aggregations, which were caught in a different manner when the schooling pattern changed. School density had a greater effect than school size on fishing behaviour. Aggregations were less dense in 2003 than in 2005, and the harvester tended to fish with longer tows, at higher speeds, when it encountered less dense aggregations.

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