Streamer lines will help to save short-tailed albatross
About 15 participants took part in a new workshop, held in Kamchatka. Among the participant were captains of longline fishing vessels, chiefs of production who are in charge of fishing process onboard of the vessel, and regular fishermen as well. They learned about how to reduce negative impact on vulnerable marine ecosystems and reduce seabird bycatch by using streamers.
“Due to high staff turnover, crew members onboard fishing vessels change constantly. Major part of fishermen is unaware of the positive impact of streamer lines', said Sergey Korostelev, coordinator of the program on sustainable fisheries Kamchatka / Bering Sea eco-regional office of WWF-Russia.
“So these workshops are very important for us. We hold them two-three times a year in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vladivostok to be sure that all new crew members of longline fishing vessels in the region are aware of these mitigation devices. We need to explain over and over again all the profits the companies can get if they use streamer lines. But this activity is worth the effort, because streamer lines make it a win-win situation for all parties: for a captain, a chief of production, a regular fisherman and sea birds, of course.”
Longline fishery can cause devastating impact on endangered species, like short-tailed albatross.
Although very simple, streamer line is the most effective mitigation device used at longline fishing. The use of double streamer lines results in more than a 90% reduction of the frequency of bird attacks on the longline. A smaller number of attacks ensures lower mortality of birds and a larger margin of each longline setting remains useable for the fishery because the bait remains intact for the fish.