Seabirds

In pelagic longline fisheries, seabirds may become hooked and drown when they take a baited hook. Mitigation of seabird bycatch aims to deter and prevent birds from taking bait, principally through the combined use of multiple techniques, including streamer (tori) lines, fast sinking, weighted branch lines and night setting.

ACAP (Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels) conduct a regular review of scientific literature dealing with seabird bycatch mitigation in pelagic longline fisheries. The review and resulting summary of Best Practice Advice can be found here: ACAP Review and Best Practice Advice for Reducing the Impact of Pelagic Longline Fisheries on Seabirds (March 2018)

Handy species ID guides can be found here. For detailed information about seabird species affected by longline and purse seine fisheries, the following resources may be helpful:

ACAP Data Portal - Albatross & Petrel species

Birdlife International Data Zone - Species Search

 

Species

3-Alpha Code Name Scientific Name
ALZ ALBATROSS Diomedea spp
B02 CAMPBELL IS BLACK-BROWED MOLLYMAWK Diomedea melanophrys impavida
BIZ BIRD (UNIDENTIFIED)
CSK GREAT SKUA Catharacta skua
DAC CAPE PIGEON Daption capense
DCR YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS Diomedea chlororhynchos
DCU NEW ZEALAND WHITE CAPPED MOLLYMAWK Diomedea cauta
DIB BULLER' S ALBATROSS Diomedea bulleri
DIC GREY HEADED ALBATROSS Diomedea chrysostoma
DIM BLACK-BROWED MOLLYMAWK Diomedea melanophrys
DIP SOUTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS Diomedea epomophora
DIX WANDERING ALBATROSS Diomedea exulans
DIZ LAYSAN ALBATROSS Diomedea immutabilis
DKN BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS Diomedea nigripes
DKS SALVIN'S ALBATROSS Diomedea salvini
LHX SEAGULLS NEI Larus spp
MAH NORTHERN GIANT PETREL Macronectes halli
MAI SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL Macronectes giganteus
PCI GREY PETREL Procellaria cinerea
PCW WESTLAND PETREL Procellaria westlandica
PDM GREAT-WINGED PETREL Pterodroma macroptera
PFC FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER Puffinus carneipes
PFG SOOTY SHEARWATER Puffinus griseus
PFT SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER Puffinus tenuirostris
PFZ WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER Puffinis pacificus
PHE LIGHT-MANTLED SOOTY ALBATROSS Phoebetria palpebrata
PRK BLACK PETREL Procellaria parkinsoni
PRO WHITE-CHINNED PETREL Procellaria aequinoctialis
PRX PETRELS AND PUFFINS