Satellite Study Says Tuna Longliners Vastly Misreporting Compliance with Sea Bird Avoidance
Seabirds, in particular birds like albatross, are highly vulnerable to longlines, and in some fisheries managed by the US, take of a single bird can shut down the fishery.
The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) lists 15 of 22 albatross species as endangered.
To mitigate bycatch, the RFMO’s in the Indian Ocean, Western Pacific, and the Atlantic have mandated measures to prevent bird interactions with longlines, such as night setting, use of weighted lines to sink faster, and use of streamers to keep...
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