Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association

Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, ALFA -A non-profit association of independent commercial longline vessel owners and crewmembers who are committed to continuing the sustainable harvest of sablefish, halibut, and groundfish, while supporting healthy marine ecosystems and strong coastal communities through resource stewardship and participation in federal, state, and local forums.

Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association has developed and cooperated in many research projects to address important fishery and ecological issues including participation in the Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project, developing a voluntary logbook program for sablefish vessels which allows fisheries data to be incorporated into the sablefish apportionment formula, testing light weight seabird avoidance devices appropriate for small longline vessels, developing low bycatch gear for underutilized rockfish species, developing a real time bycatch reporting network to decrease bycatch in the halibut fishery, and developing identification aids to help processors correctly identify rougheye and shortraker rockfishes.

Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association Member West Bank