Report of the KOBE II bycatch workshop now available

The report of the International Workshop on Tuna RFMO Management of Issues Relating to Bycatch (Kobe II Bycatch Workshop)  held in Brisbane, Australia from 23-25 June 2010, is now available (click here).

The aims of the workshop were to:

Review the available information on incidental catch of non-target species and juveniles of target species;

Provide advice to tuna RFMOs on best practices, methods, and techniques to assess and reduce the incidental mortality of non-target species, such as seabirds, turtles, sharks, marine mammals, and juvenile target species;

Develop and coordinate relevant research programmes and observer programmes; and

Make recommendations on mechanisms to streamline the work of the T-RFMO Working Groups in this field in order to avoid duplication.

Following a series of presentations and panel discussions, recommendations were adopted on the following themes (see Appendix 4 of the workshop report for full details):

Improving assessment of bycatch within T-RFMOs;

Improving ways to mitigate/reduce bycatch within T-RFMOs;

Improving cooperation and coordination across RFMOs; and

On capacity building for developing countries.

In addition, terms of reference were developed for a Bycatch Joint Technical Working Group to facilitate cooperation and coordination on bycatch issues between T-RFMOS.

Click here for an earlier news story on the Kobe II Workshop.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 18 July 2010

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