Overlap between WCPFC longline fishing effort and albatross distribution in the North Pacific
This paper estimates spatial and temporal overlap between the distribution of North Pacific albatrosses and Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) longline fishing effort, highlighting areas and seasons of overlap where there is a higher risk of seabird bycatch. The results highlight the importance of the WCPFC area for all the three albatross species, and their widespread use of high seas areas, in particular the Laysan and the black-footed albatrosses. Black-footed albatross has the highest overlap score. Short-tailed albatross has a more northerly distribution, but overlap occurs in the North West Pacific during the breeding season.