Species of Concern
Any marine animal unintentionally taken in fishing operations is generally considered as "bycatch." However, due to biological, behavioral, and ecological characteristics of some animals, as well as characteristics of how certain fisheries operate, bycatch can play a major role in the decline of populations of some animals. Project GloBAL focuses on three bycatch taxa of concern: marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles. These taxa are all long-lived and are sensitive to high levels of mortality, especially from human-induced impacts. In fact, bycatch is considered to be a primary driver of many notable declines in populations of many of these animals. On these pages, you can learn more about the ranges, biology, and bycatch threats to these three taxa of concern.