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Bycatch in small-scale tuna fisheries

3 August 2011
In recent years, bycatch from purse seining and longlining has been the subject of a considerable amount of research while small-scale tuna fishing and associated bycatch has received relatively little attention. In addition, although several recent studies link small-scale fisheries to bycatch of threatened species, no work has been carried out to obtain a global overview. A new FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, Bycatch in small-scale tuna fisheries - a global study, for the first time summarizes on a national level catch information of small-scale tuna fisheries and those small-scale fisheries that catch tuna. It also aims to identify on a regional basis data gaps, major issues and management concerns associated with these fisheries and their bycatch and points to priority areas for improving our understanding of bycatch in small-scale pelagic fisheries.