Preliminary analysis of potential impacts of wire traces on shark catches in WCPO tuna longline fisheries

Citation
SPC-OFP (2013) Preliminary analysis of potential impacts of wire traces on shark catches in WCPO tuna longline fisheries. In: WCPFC Scientific Committee 9th Regular Session. WCPFC‐SC9‐2013/EB-IP-09, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Abstract

In reviewing the stock assessments conducted in 2012 for silky and oceanic whitetip sharks, SC8 noted both the a) concerns over the status of the stocks, and b) the large impact that non-target longline fisheries are estimated to have. For these reasons, SC8 recommended consideration of mitigation measures as providing the best opportunity to improve stock status.