Report of the international workshop on tuna RFMO management of issues relating to bycatch
Dr. Lent reminded participants of the terms of reference for the Workshop, which were agreed at the Second Joint Meeting of Tuna RFMOs in San Sebastian, Spain (29 June – 3 July 2009), namely to: a. Review the available information on incidental catch of non-target species and juveniles of target species; b. Provide advice to tuna RFMOs (T-RFMOs) on best practices, methods, and techniques to assess and reduce the incidental mortality of non-target species, such as seabirds, turtles, sharks, marine mammals, and juvenile target species; c. Develop and coordinate relevant research programs and observer programs; and d. Make recommendations on mechanisms to streamline the work of the T-RFMO Working Groups in this field in order to avoid duplication.