November 23, 2004

Bycatch

Long-line bycatch in the Pacific is nearly as bad as regular net bycatch.

"Contrary to its reputation as a clean fishing technology, industrial, pelagic longline fishing in the Pacific annually captures and kills about 4.4 million non-targeted marine species."

The report, entitled Pillaging the Pacific, says that 3.3 million sharks, one million marlin, 59,000 sea turtles, up to 76,000 black-footed and laysan albatross and almost 20,000 dolphins, including the bottlenose, spotted and spinner, are captured or killed by longline fishing.

Among the whales killed by longlines are the beaked, humpback and sperm varieties.

Posted by Bigwig at November 23, 2004 09:56 PM | TrackBack
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