Workshop on turtle bycatch mitigation for longline fisheries: experimental design and data analysis, 7-8 November 2007, San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (2008) Workshop on turtle bycatch mitigation for longline fisheries: experimental design and data analysis, 7-8 November 2007, San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica. La Jolla, CA, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commision, 52pp. (Special Report, 17)

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Abstract

Large numbers of fishing vessels operating from ports in Latin America participate in surface longline fisheries in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), and several species of sea turtles inhabit the grounds where these fleets operate. The endangered status of several sea turtle species, and the success of circle hooks (‘treatment’ hooks) in reducing turtle hookings in other ocean areas, as compared to J-hooks and Japanese-style tuna hooks (‘control’ hooks), prompted the initiation of a hook exchange program on the west coast of Latin America, the Eastern Pacific Regional Sea Turtle Program (EPRSTP)1. One of the goals of the EPRSTP is to determine if circle hooks would be effective at reducing turtle bycatch in artisanal fisheries of the EPO without significantly reducing the catch of marketable fish species. Participating fishers were provided with circle hooks at no cost and asked to replace the J/Japanese-style tuna hooks on their longlines with circle hooks in an alternating manner. Data collected by the EPRSTP show differences in longline gear and operational characteristics within and among countries. These aspects of the data, in addition to difficulties encountered with implementation of the alternating-hook design, pose challenges for analysis of these data.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Workshop on turtle bycatch mitigation for longline fisheries: experimental design and data analysis, 7-8 November 2007, San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Corporate Creator/Author: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Series Name: Special Report
Number: 17
Number of Pages: 52
Date: 2008
Publisher: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commision
Place of Publication: La Jolla, CA
Issuing Agency: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 6832
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 12:39
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2011 12:49
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/6832

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