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Seabird Bycatch Mitigation: Evidence Base for possible UK application and further research (JNCC Report No. 717) 2022

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In July 2018, DEFRA contracted JNCC to develop a UK marine bird bycatch Plan of Action (PoA) to: “Deliver a coherent approach to understand and where necessary reduce marine bird bycatch in UK fisheries, through engagement and dialogue with all interested parties and the implementation of subsequent recommendations”.

Stemming from that request and subsequent evidence gathering associated with the development of the Plan of Action (Miles et al. 2020; Northridge et al. 2020; Northridge et al., in prep.), this report aims to provide a synthesis of current best-practice advice on seabird bycatch mitigation from fisheries throughout the world, but with the greatest applicability to UK fisheries where seabird bycatch is thought to occur. Building on this, the next stage to be explored with the fishing industry is how to incorporate the most applicable of these approaches into clear and practical guidance.

Recommendations from this report should be viewed in the light of conclusions of forthcoming research on “bycatch hotspots” in UK waters, commissioned by Defra under the Bycatch Mitigation Initiative.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2022·08·01

Anderson, O.R.J., Thompson, D., & Parsons, M. 2022. Seabird bycatch mitigation: evidence base for possible UK application and research. JNCC Report No. 717, JNCC, Peterborough. ISSN 0963-8091.

This report was produced by JNCC for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under Project Code ME6024.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·08·31

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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