Summary of the capture of seabirds, marine mammals, and turtles in New Zealand commercial fisheries, 1998–99 to 2008–09
A summary is presented of all captures of seabirds, marine mammals, and turtles during trawl, longline, and setnet fishing within the outer boundary of the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), between 1 October 1998 and 30 September 2009. Ministry of Fisheries observers record captures of seabirds, marine mammals, and turtles, and these data, along with information on fishing effort, are used for estimating total captures. Protected species captures reported by fishers are also summarised. In 2008–09, the Ministry of Fisheries observer programme introduced a project to increase observer coverage of inshore fishing, including setnet and trawl fisheries. Captures reported from this project were included, greatly increasing observer coverage for inshore trawl and setnet fisheries.