Guidelines for the Safe and Humane Handling and Release of Bycaught Small Cetaceans from Fishing Gear

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August 24, 2020 - 9:27am
Type: Report
Year of publication: 2020
Date published: 08/2020
Authors: Derek Hamer
Editors: Gianna Minton
Publishing institution: UNEP/CMS & WWF
City: Bonn, Germany
Series title: Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species Technical Series
Document number: 43
Pages: 50
ISBN: 978-3-937429-31-1

These guidelines, in their full text format, are intended to provide fisheries managers at any level, as well as those who work with fisheries to improve their sustainability, with bestpractice methodology on the safe and humane handling and release of small cetaceans accidentally bycaught in fishing gear. They are intended to enable managers and ‘trainers’, as well as anyone involved with fisheries policy or management to understand the rationale and need for ‘best practice’, as well as the science that supports the recommended practices.

The illustrations provided with these guidelines, as well as the bullet-pointed handling notes, can be used to develop 2-page laminated fisher-friendly ‘Flips’ (ready reckoners) that contain clear, concise, bullet-pointed instructions pertinent to each specific fishery.

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