VIDEO: Conserving Albatross with BirdLife International
Longline fisheries can have important impacts on fragile albatross populations, especially in southern latitudes. With funding from ISSF, BirdLife International has produced a video – available in multiple languages – about mitigating the impacts of these fishing operations on sea bird populations.
Of the twenty-two species of albatross, fifteen are threatened with extinction, which is due in part to longline and trawler entanglement. But tested fishing practices designed to reduce seabird deaths are a way to help these species recover. BirdLife International’s Albatross Task Force is working to educate regulators and longline fishers on the importance of mitigation techniques like tori lines, branch line weighting and night setting.
Educational materials in appropriate languages are crucial to connect with fleets and communicate effectively with skippers and other crew to demonstrate the simple methods that are available to reduce unnecessary seabird deaths. In addition to English, the video is available in Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Taiwanese.
REPORT: E-monitoring in Longline Fisheries
ISSF and the Fisheries Agency of Taiwan worked together to organize an International Workshop on Application of Electronic Monitoring Systems in Tuna Longline Fisheries in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The Overseas Fisheries Development Council and the Fisheries Development Council International also helped to co-organize the Workshop.
More than 150 participants representing diverse interests – government, fishing industry, research organizations, EMS service providers and NGOs – attended the workshop in December 2015, and participants discussed potential next steps for implementing EMS in longline tuna fisheries in RFMOs, for example:
- Establish standards for what data should be collected
- Establish standards for how the data should be collected
- Decide mechanisms for certification and auditing of EMS programs
- Address harmonization between RFMOs to ensure data compatibility