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WWF-Russia increases the number of fishing companies covered with observations

29 july 2019
The observers, supported by WWF-Russia, assessed the seabird bycatch at longline fishing vessels from Primorye region.

The observers spent 240 days on the board of three longline fishing vessels. The vessels were fishing for cod and halibut in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, in the areas near Sakhalin Island and the North Kuril islands, and in the western part of the Bering Sea.

The main goal of the observers’ work was to collect data for assessing commercial fish stocks conditions. At the same time, the observers were registering incidents of seabird mortality and streamer-line usage. The observers monitored about 400 fishing operations onboard. According to the provided data, the major part of the operations was conducted using single and double streamer-lines.

“It is important to emphasize that previously WWF-Russia was cooperating solely with the longline fishing companies based in Kamchatka. We aim to assess how often and with what outcome non-Kamchatka longline fishing companies use streamer-line to reduce seabird mortality. This year, for the first time we made an agreement with the fishing companies from Primorye region,” said Sergey Rafanov, the director of WWF-Russia Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office.

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The effectiveness of streamer-lines as the mitigation devices has been proven many times before. According to scientific data, the double streamer-line lowers bird mortality by more than 90%. It also saves the bait increasing catch per unit of effort making fishing operation more profitable for the fishermen.

photo in the head of the page - © Yuri Artukhin / WWF-Russia

For additional information please contact
Head of WWF Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office