The WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS)

Fitzsimmons L, Bunce S (2013) The WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS). In: WCPFC Scientific Committee Ninth Regular Session. WCPFC SC9-EB-IP-03, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS) is an online resource for fisheries managers, scientists, fishers and the general public. The database is a repository of information on the mitigation and management of bycatch of special interest, including seabirds, sharks and marine turtles that are incidentally caught in Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) fisheries targeting highly migratory species, including tuna and billfish. The BMIS is a valuable reference and educational tool that has the potential to build understanding of bycatch issues among those involved in tuna fisheries and thereby assist in the adoption of WCPFC Conservation and Management Measures. The BMIS can be accessed via the WCPFC website at: Initiated as a project of the WCPFC, the development of the BMIS can be followed through papers presented at previous WCPFC Scientific Committee (SC) meetings (see 'References'). These papers explain the structure and content of the BMIS.