Updated Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) bycatch statistics in Canadian fisheries
This documents updates the catch statistics for 2019-2020 for Blue Shark in Canadian waters. A dramatic increase in catch was observed in the groundfish line fisheries (discarded) and salmon fisheries (discarded). Increases were also observed in the groundfish trawl fisheries (landed and discarded) and the tuna troll fisheries (discarded), but these catches remain very low. Given the increase in catches across all fisheries, the increase is unlikely to reflect misidentification or a fishery management impact.