Tuna longline fisheries off southern Africa: The need to limit seabird bycatch
Ryan, P.G.; Boix Hinzen, C.
South African Journal of Science 94(4): 179-182
Longline fisheries kill biologically significant numbers of seabirds, resulting in global Population decreases. Off southern Africa efforts have been made to curb this problem in fisheries for hake and toothfish, but little is being done about the impact Of tuna longline fisheries. South Africa should require permit holders fishing in the South African Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to employ effective measures to reduce seabird mortality, and exert pressure through international conventions to enforce the use of these measures outside the EEZ. Independent observer programmes are required to ensure compliance, monitor seabird mortality, and continue research on the effectiveness of mitigation measures.