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ByCatch Mitigation

The CCSBT has agreed to a variety of binding and non-binding measures related to mitigation of bycatches.  Even though some measures are non-binding, CCSBT Members and Cooperating Non-Members are nevertheless strongly encouraged to comply with such measures.

 

 

Binding Measures

Binding measures agreed by the CCSBT include:

  • Mandatory use of Tori poles is required by all Members in all longline SBT fisheries below 30o south.

 

 

Non-Binding Measures

Non-Binding measures agreed by the CCSBT include:

  • Members shall:
    • Exchange information concerning new or refined techniques to reduce incidental catch of seabirds and cooperate in developing and assessing the effectiveness of such techniques, including those with the objective of preventing the approach of seabirds to fishing vessels or restraining the feeding activities of seabirds. In introducing a technique, a Member will consider its effectiveness in reducing the incidental catch of ecologically related species, and the costs and benefits, including possible impacts on harvesting of tuna.
    • Continue to assess the effectiveness of the measures described in the points above.
    • Promote, among the fishers concerned, understanding about the incidental capture of seabirds and measures which can be implemented to reduce seabird capture in longline operations.
  • Members should:
    • Promote the use of appropriately designed and deployed tori lines in SBT longline fishing operations
    • Take the following measures, as appropriate, in longline fisheries while taking southern bluefin tuna:
      • avoid the dumping of offal as far as possible while longlines are being set or hauled; and
      • use thawed baits.
    • Make every effort to ensure that birds captured alive during longlining are released alive and that wherever possible hooks are removed without jeopardising the life of the bird concerned.
  • In accordance with CCSBT’s Recommendation to Mitigate the Impact on Ecologically Related Species of Fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna, Members will:
    • To the extent possible, implement the International Plan of Action for Reducing Incidental Catches of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries (IPOA-Seabirds), the International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (IPOA-Sharks), and the FAO Guidelines to reduce sea turtle mortality in fishing operations (FAO-Sea turtles), if they have not already done so.
    • Comply with all current binding and recommendatory measures aimed at the protection of ecologically related species, including seabirds, sea turtles and sharks, from fishing, which are adopted from time to time:
      • by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), when fishing in its Convention area;
      • by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), when fishing in its Convention area; and
      • by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), when fishing in its Convention area.

 

The required compliance with IOTC, WCPFC and ICCAT measures specified above is irrespective of whether the CCSBT Member concerned is a member of the relevant Commission or otherwise cooperates with it.  The relevant IOTC, WCPFC and ICCAT measures (as at the last update of this web site) are provided below.  However, the IOTC, WCPFC and ICCAT web sites should be consulted for authoritative information:

 

 

Education to Minimise ByCatch

Education pamphlets on seabirds and sharks have been produced and distributed to SBT fishers since 2003. Technical (mainly taxonomical) aspects of these pamphlets were updated in 2011-13.  These are;

 

CCSBT does not have its own education pamphlets on sea turtles, but the following useful material is available: