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Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok - "The Study" Meeting Room

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu

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Bangrak, Bangkok 10500

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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), in collaboration with 3 other environmental organizations—Greenpeace, Birdlife International and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed a report for seafood supply chains containing advice on minimizing bycatch of threatened species in longline tuna fishing.


The Longline Tuna Bycatch Mitigation Best Practice” report is designed to be a guide to tuna supply chain members that want to source more responsibly-caught longline tuna and help improve the environmental performance of the fisheries they source from. The report describes the impacts on threatened species such as turtles, seabirds and sharks commonly caught as bycatch in longline tuna fisheries and identifies best practices to substantially reduce catching those non-target species. The report also offers guidance on how to ensure tuna producers employ those best practices.


To support the implementation of the recommendations from the report, SFP and TNC are offering a workshop to seafood supply chain (retail, food service and supplier) companies and an opportunity to discuss bycatch management issues with fisheries bycatch experts.


The half-day workshop will be held from 1300-1700 on May 27th at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. This is the day prior to the start of the World Tuna Trade Conference (see http://tuna2018.infofish.org/) and the same venue. An outline program for the workshop is included below.


The event is limited to 40 attendees and will be determined on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.



PROGRAM

1. Introduction to the SFP, Birdlife International, Greenpeace and The Nature Conservancy report Longline Tuna Bycatch Mitigation Best Practice

  • Dr. Alexia Morgan, SFP

2. Panel of longline bycatch scientists

  • Dr. Alexia Morgan, SFP, Bycatch assessment and mitigation

  • Dr. Eric Gilman, Pelagic Ecosystems Research Group, Guidelines to avoid unintended consequences from bycatch mitigation

  • Dr. Ed Melvin, University of Washington, Seabird bycatch assessment and mitigation

  • Dr. Yonat Swimmer, NMFS, Sea turtle bycatch assessment and mitigation

  • Dr. Martin Hall, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, Brief introduction to population-level effects of bycatch fishing mortality

  • Susan Jackson, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, ISSF guidance materials on mitigating bycatch in tuna longline fisheries.

  • Discussion

3. Case studies of implementation of pelagic longline bycatch risk assessments and management

  • Ecuador mahi-mahi longline fishery (Pablo Guerrero, WWF). Measures instituted to mitigate bycatch, including use of circle hooks, best practice handling and release practices, and modified floats to mitigate turtle bycatch.

  • Fiji and Mauritius albacore longline fisheries (Mike Kraft and Kevin McClain, Bumble Bee Seafoods). Pre-assessment principal 2 findings and FIP workplan bycatch assessment and mitigation activities.

  • Micronesia, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands and Palau pelagic longline fisheries (Eric Gilman for Luen Thai Fishing Venture, Norpac Fisheries Export, TNC). Bycatch research, including a Palau quantitative model-based ecological risk assessment, assessment of Palau cross-taxa tradeoffs from alternative time-of-day and depth of fishing, and an assessment of cross-taxa effects of hook size. Skipper training program, compliance with bans on shark retention and on the use of shark lines and wire leaders, fishing deep, circle hooks, and electronic monitoring programs.]

  • Vanuatu albacore longline fishery (Iain Pollard or Tom Evans, Key Traceability). Planned electronic monitoring program to monitor catch vessels and transshipment at sea, being implemented, in part, to improve the understanding of ecological risks from bycatch.

4. Facilitated discussion on supplier implementation of the best practice recommendations

  • Dr. Tom Pickerell, SFP, Next steps for supply chain actors




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89 Soi Wat Suan Plu

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Bangrak, Bangkok 10500

Thailand

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