Fishermen catch fewer birds these days
The vessel sailed in several fishing subzones of the Sea of Okhotsk and the North Pacific. According to the data collected, the vessel conducted 351 bottom longline installations. Each installation was accompanied by an installation of a single streamer line to repel seabirds. The observer registered 35 cases of seabirds by-caught, and no endangered species were among them.
It is hard to tell how many fishing vessels in the Russian Far East implement streamer lines. However, if the statements of fishermen themselves are frank, it is possible to suppose a decline in the number of seabirds bycaught in the recent years.