Fig. 5. GAM plots of (A) Sea Surface Temperature, (B) soak duration, and (C) gear length (variables not in the model). The zero value on the y-axes represents an average bycatch rate. Areas above this line represent above average bycatch rates, while areas below zero on the y-axes represent below average bycatch rates. Note: soak duration and gear length outliers have been removed in order to better visualize the dominant trends (greater than 500 hours soak duration and 15 000 feet of total gear length).