State and federal biologists have noted a difference in gear selectivity between hard and slinky pots. Therefore, they have requested that vessels catching groundfish with pot gear document whether they are using traditional “hard” pots or flexible “slinky” pots in eLandings. Collecting this information will assist them in increasing their stock assessment accuracy.
The new gear modifier field appears only on the groundfish landing reports with pot gear. This field is a drop-down menu with two choices: Hard Pot or Slinky Pot.
If the vessel is using a combination of both pot types you will create two landing reports in eLandings, one for slinky pots and a second for hard pots and select the Partial Delivery box.
Note: This does not require scheduling two Prior notice of Landings or entering one of the reports via Manual landing report, like when you are fishing both pot and longline gear.
For landings on or after September 23, 2021, a warning message will appear if this information is not reported. Beginning January 1, 2022 this information will be required.
If you have any questions, please contact eLandings Support Staff at eLandings@alaska.gov