Seabird identification and bycatch mitigation: a list of field manuals and guides


A number of publications, suitable for use aboard fishing vessels, has been produced over the last few decades to aid in identifying seabirds caught on longlines and/or in reducing seabird bycatch in longline fisheries. A bibliographic list follows.  E-mail Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. with bibliographic details of new publications to add to the list.

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Field Manuals and Guides

ACAP Secretariat & National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries. 2015. Seabird Bycatch Identification Guide. updated.  Hobart: ACAP Secretariat.  100 pp. [also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese].

Biswell, Shelly F. 2007 [updated by Joanna Pierre 2017].  A Fisher's Guide to New Zealand Seabirds. [Wellington]: Department of Conservation. 55 pp.

Booker, Helen & Petersen, Samantha 2008. Keeping Endangered Marine Life off the Hook. Benefits to Fishers & Marine Life (Revised Edition). [Cape Town]: BirdLife South Africa & WWF. 6 pp. [pamphlet].

Brothers, Nigel [1990s]. Catching Fish not Birds. A Guide to Improving your Longline Fishing Efficiency.  [Hobart]: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania. 73 pp. ISBN 0 7246 4282 X.

Brothers, Nigel & Hoy, Dawn [1990s]. Longline Fishing Dollars and Sense. Catching Fish not Birds using Bottom Set or Mid Water Set Longlines. Pesca de Palangreros los Dolares y en Sentido Comun. Capturando Peces en Vez de Aves Marinas usando Palangreros de Profundidad.  Stanley: Consolidated Fisheries Ltd.  80 pp. ISBN 0 7242 4538 8. A Chinese version was published in 1998.

CCAMLR 1996. Fish the Sea Not the Sky. How to Avoid by-catch of Seabirds when Fishing with Bottom Longlines. Hobart: Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. 46 pp. Also published in French, Russian and Spanish.

Onley, Derek & Bartle, Sandy 2006. Identification of Seabirds in the Southern Ocean. A Guide for Scientific Observers aboard Fishing Vessels. Wellington: Te Papa Press & Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. 81 pp. ISBN 0 909010 47 1. Also published in French, Russian and Spanish.

Petersen, Samantha & Honig, Maria [2000s]. A Practical Guide to Understanding & Reducing Vulnerable Bycatch.  Keeping our Endangered Marine Life off the Hook.  [Cape Town]: WWF South Africa & BirdLife South Africa. 103 pp. + illustrations.

Last updated 15 October 2020

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