FAO Fisheries Report No. 738

FAO Fisheries Report No. 738
FIRM/R738 (En)

Report of the
EXPERT CONSULTATION ON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SEA TURTLES AND FISHERIES WITHIN AN ECOSYSTEM CONTEXT


Rome, Italy, 9-12 March 2004

 

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2004

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ISBN 92-5-105154-2

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Report of the Expert Consultation on Interactions between Sea Turtles and Fisheries within an Ecosystem Context. Rome, Italy, 9-12 March 2004.
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ABSTRACT

An Expert Consultation on Interactions between Sea Turtles and Fisheries within an Ecosystem Context was convened by FAO and held in Rome, Italy, from 9 to 12 March 2004. The meeting was attended by 11 experts from seven countries, covering expertise related to sea turtle biology and conservation, fishing gear technology, fisheries management and socio-economics. The Expert Consultation was organized to provide technical input to the Technical Consultation to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, later in 2004, as agreed at the Twenty-fifth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), held in Rome, Italy, from 24 to 28 February 2003. This information paper provides a summary of the Consultation's outcomes and outputs, including overviews of sea turtle status, fisheries impacts, possible managerial solutions, socio-economic aspects and recommendations for future work and actions.


CONTENTS


PREPARATION OF THE DOCUMENT

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE EXPERT CONSULTATION

THE EXPERT CONSULTATION

OUTCOME OF THE MEETING

Synthesis of available knowledge on conservation status of sea turtle stocks (Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and Mediterranean Sea)
Management measures and approaches

Technical measures
Input (effort) and output (catch) control
Incentive aligning strategies

Socio-economic aspects
Legal aspects

Global instruments
Regional Fishery Bodies (RFBs)
Sea turtle agreements
National legal aspects/considerations

Case studies

Case study in direct take: the Caribbean hawksbill
Case study in direct take: the Western Pacific leatherback
Case study in sea turtle bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries: North Pacific loggerhead stock
Case study in sea turtle bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries: the Mediterranean loggerhead
Case Study in incidental bycatch: Orissa Olive Ridleys
Case Study in retained bycatch: the southeast Pacific leatherback

Recommendations

OUTPUTS OF THE MEETING

FUTURE RELATED ACTIVITIES

REFERENCES

APPENDIXES

A - Agenda
B - List of participants
C - List of documents
D - Welcome speech by Mr Ichiro Nomura Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries Department
E - Overview of sea turtle stocks, their conservation status and major threats

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