Bycatch

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Bryde’s whale wrapped in gillnet off the coast of Oman 

Fisheries bycatch is the leading cause of human induced marine mammal mortality around the globe.  While monitoring of bycatch in the Arabian Sea has been limited compared to some other parts of the world, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that bycatch occurs on a large scale and poses a population level threat to cetaceans in the region.  Here are a few publications and reports for download:

 

Anderson-2014_International Pole and Line Fisheries Report: Cetaceans in Northern Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries

AN ASSESSMENT OF CETACEAN MORTALITY IN THE TUNA FISHERIES OF PAKISTAN 2014

Amir et al. 2002 Dolphin bycatch in Zanzibar