Advancing seabird conservation in Peru’s artisanal fisheries through education and research

Mariela Pajuelo

Beginning in 2003 Pro Delphinus began actively investigating seabird interactions with artisanal fisheries in Peru. That work has documented the by-catch and targeted take of seabirds, including endangered and threatened species, by long-line and gill-net vessels. Uncertainty remains, however, regarding the scope, nature and solution to this problem. Toward the overall goal of making Peru’s artisanal fleet sustainable, responsible and seabird friendly, this project builds upon past research and conservation efforts by expanding on-board observer coverage, improving understanding of fishing gear characteristics, and raising awareness and improving dialogue with stakeholders using a 'fisherman ambassador' and educational workshops.

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