Procella Hook development update and heavy hook inclusion in ACAP best practice pelagic longline seabird bycatch mitigation advice
ACAP Best Practice pelagic longline mitigation advice does not currently allow for the most effective weighting because hook weight is not being taken into account.
Proof of ‘Heavy Hook’ mitigation effectiveness isn’t necessary because the minimum recommended weight of 50 g equals or exceeds the performance range achievable if current weighting options in the ACAP pelagic longline mitigation advice are used.
Clear guidance to hook manufacturers and distributors about heavy hook design would help stimulate further development in order that this mitigation option becomes available to fishers in its most practical and cost-effective form.
ACAP acceptance of ‘Heavy Hooks’ would be appropriate in Best Practice guidelines with a 50 g minimum weight stipulation that excludes the use of lead.