Report of the Second Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Hermanus, South Africa, 17-18 August 2008
This paper reports on discussions and recommendations of the Second Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group (SBWG), together with progress achieved in implementing the Working Group’s Work Programme. Agenda Item 1 focused on information sharing and included presentations highlighting initiatives specific to seabird conservation in longline and trawl fisheries. Workshop participants and invitees provided brief summaries of their presentations, which are included below. These include updates on progress in the development of bait pods, smart hooks, safe leads and the underwater setting capsule for the pelagic longline method, and new information on offal treatment for trawl fisheries and the effect of line-setters on hook sink rate.