This is the final report on the protected species bycatch newsletter which was produced to communicate protected species-related information to commercial fishers. This project's two-year term has now concluded, with 12 issues of the newsletter produced.
This report assesses the current mitigation techniques for both marine mammal and seabird capture employed in set net fisheries both domestically and internationally and makes recommendations as to their applicability to the New Zealand situation.
This report investigates methods for reducing net captures of seabirds in the scampi trawl fishery. It documents the fishery, factors effecting likelihood of capture of seabirds and development of a net restrictor device designed to mitigate the risk of seabird captures.
This report investigates methods used by inshore demersal longline vessels to increase the sink rates of lines to reduce the risk of interactions with seabird species. It also provides recommendations on ways to further increase those sink rates.