Seabird Smart Assurance Scheme

Molloy J (2019) Seabird Smart Assurance Scheme. In: ACAP - Ninth Meeting of the Advisory Committee. ACAP SBWG9 Inf 04, Florianópolis, Brazil

This paper outlines an approach developed in New Zealand to improve public transparency around mitigation use in fisheries. A Seabird Smart Assurance Scheme was designed to pilot in a New Zealand longline fishery, with the aim of improving or maintaining mitigation use, and publicly acknowledging the fishers and companies who participate. While the scheme was not implemented, this approach may be worth considering for fisheries where there is public interest in seabird captures.