ESR - Vol. 19, No. 3 - Feature article

The black-browed albatross is the most common albatross killed in demersal longline fisheries in the SW Atlantic. Photo: Marco Favero

Favero M, Blanco G, Copello S, Seco Pon JP, Patterlini C, Mariano-Jelicich R, García G, Berón MP

 

Seabird bycatch in the Argentinean demersal longline fishery, 2001−2010

 

Seabird mortality associated with fisheries is one of the major threats leading to the decrease of albatross and petrel populations. Favero and colleagues The article characterises the seabird by-catch in the Argentinean demersal longline fishery during the last decade, estimating a total mortality of 7470 ± 2449 seabirds, the majority being black-browed albatrosses and white-chinned petrels. If seabird bycatch is to be reduced to negligible levels, it is imperative that the National Plan of Action-Seabirds (NPOA-S) is effectively implemented and that the longline fishery fully comply with the conservation measure that entered into force in 2010. The implementation of other management-related actions in the NPOA-S will also have an effect on the large trawl fishery where seabird by-catch has also been documented.

 

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