Workshop: Subpesca and IFOP expose measures to reduce seabirds bycatch
4 September, 2018

Workshop: Subpesca and IFOP expose measures to reduce seabirds bycatch

September 8th, 2018 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

During the activity, a Sernapesca team learned, for example, details about the use of an artifact that keeps birds away from hooks with baits or cables.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Undersecretariat of (Subpesca) and the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) developed the first training for Sernapesca officials, in the area of mitigation measures to reduce seabirds in longline fisheries incidental capture.

The activity was carried out in Sernapesca offices, at Coquimbo Region. There, Patricia Zárate and Luis Adasme- IFOP researchers- gave a presentation on the subject and presented studies results, as well as a status report on accidental catches.

Sernapesca team also learnt streamer lines technical characteristics (designs, components and materials) required by current regulation. These devices are rope extensions, with strips of a striking color, which are arranged behind the boat during fishing, in order to dissuade birds from attacking hooks with baits or away from the cables of the cove.

Marcelo García, a professional from the Biodiversity and Aquatic Heritage of Subpesca Unit, referred to the national and international regulatory context that inspires the Fisheries Law, norm that will favor the development of sustainable fisheries, with a minimum impact on marine ecosystems.

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