Assessment of seabird bycatch in Peruvian artisanal fisheries

Paola Melly

Albatross and petrel bycatch in global fisheries has been a growing concern since the early 1990s. Information on seabird bycatch is scarce for the southeast Pacific. This gap makes difficult decision making and, as a result, conservation efforts in this area are limited. Previous studies suggest that vulnerable and critically endangered species, including waved (Phoebastria irrorata) and Chatham Island albatrosses (Thalassarche eremita), are impacted by fisheries in Peru. However, no systematic assessment has yet been conducted. This study will generate seabird bycatch information in this poorly studied region and will help build the capacity of local researchers and government offices to manage their natural resources.

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