Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Kevin Hedges — 2016-05-10 An annual fishery independent longline survey commenced in Cumberland Sound in 2011. Bottom set longlines with 1 m gangions and #14 duratin coated circle hooks baited with squid are fished to support a stock assessment of Greenland Halibut in Cumberland Sound. Greenland Shark and Arctic Skate are caught as bycatch, occasional catches of other benthic fishes occur but are very rare. Longlines are fishes between late July and the end of September depending on ice conditions. The survey is designed as a depth-stratified random survey, with equal allocation of sets between depth strata; strata are 200-399 m, 400-599 m, 600-799 m, 800-999 m, 1000+ m.