Tackling the global problem of fisheries bycatch
Bycatch, the unintended capture of species in fishing gear, is a global problem.
Our goal is to work to assess and reduce global bycatch of endangered sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals, while promoting sustainable fisheries and fishing practices. Through innovative research approaches and collaborative efforts, we are working to address this pressing conservation problem.
In Focus: Black-browed Albatross
Although numerous, the Black-browed Albatross population is currently declining at a rate of ~4% per year, with a projected decline of ~65% over three generations (65 years). This qualifies the species as endangered under IUCN Red List Category.
Innovative approaches to bycatch research
Project GloBAL is working to move beyond considering bycatch of a single species in a single gear type. The reality is that within an area many vulnerable species are caught by multiple gear types. To address this complex problem efficiently, we are working to develop multi-taxa approaches to understanding bycatch levels and risks.
A collaborative approach to a global problem
Fisheries bycatch of marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles is a global problem. Project GloBAL is looking beyond national boundaries to take a regional approach to bycatch ‘hotspots’. As part of our regional emphasis, we are working to develop or strengthen networks of bycatch researchers to promote collaboration, information sharing and partnerships among bycatch researchers worldwide.