By signing up to be an ALFA member and joining our Fishery Conservation Network, you can gain access to our incredible bathymetric maps, which are now more intricate than ever. Take your fishing to the next level this season with our best maps yet.
How does it work?
FCN members share their data with ALFA at the end of each season and we combine the files into one database that provides enhanced maps back to fishermen. These maps help fishermen catch their target species efficiently while controlling catch of non-target species (bycatch), such as rockfish, and avoid the high relief terrain that host sensitive benthic species, such as corals and sponge, which are a critical part of the ecosystem. This prevents overharvest of long-lived and tightly managed rockfish species, protects important habitats, and makes our small boat fishermen more competitive.
By sharing their fishing spots, catch data, and (in some cases) years of accumulated information with one another, participating FCN fishermen collectively benefit from more efficient fishing. The most recent release of bathymetric maps in 2018 has been the most detailed ever, boasting 140 million data points and maps that reveal previously hidden seafloor structure.
Sign up online here, by calling us at 907-747-3400, or by stopping by our office at 834 Lincoln Street.