Bycatch Assessment and Mitigation in the Western Indian Ocean (BYCAM) - Final Project Update
1.Quantify SSF catch and composition of vulnerable megafauna and assess vulnerability through Productivity Susceptibility Assessment. 2.Explore life history and relative extinction risk for selected species 3.Assess fishers’ dependence on elasmobranchs. 4. Develop and test low cost mitigation methods to reduce megafauna in gillnets dolphins) and longlines (turtles) and assess impact on target species catch. 5. Assess and trial turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in prawn trawls. 6. Investigate limitations in existing policy, resource user perceptions of management and management efficacy.