Introduce and enforce legislation to prevent intentional killing of mammals at wild fisheries
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Marine and freshwater mammals may be intentionally killed at wild fisheries to reduce predation on fish catches and damage to fishing gear (Read 2005), or for use as bait (Mintzer et al. 2018) or food (Clapham & Van Waerebeek 2007). Legislation may be introduced that prevents the intentional killing of mammals. Laws already exist in many countries. However, compliance can be low (e.g. Mangel et al. 2010) and enforcement may be required to prevent illegal killing of mammals.
For a similar intervention, see Introduce and enforce legislation to prevent intentional killing of mammals at aquaculture systems.
Mangel J.C., Alfaro-Shigueto J., Van Waerebeek K., Cáceres C., Bearhop S., Witt M.J. & Godley B.J. (2010) Small cetacean captures in Peruvian artisanal fisheries: high despite protective legislation. Biological Conservation, 143, 136–143.
Mintzer V.J., Diniz K. & Frazer T.K. (2018) The use of aquatic mammals for bait in global fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5.
Read A.J. (2005) Bycatch and depredation. Pages 5–17 in: Reynolds J.E., Perrin W.F., Reeves R.R., Montgomery S. & Ragen T.J. (eds.) Marine mammal research: conservation beyond crisis. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
Clapham P. & Van Waerebeek K. (2007) Bushmeat and bycatch: the sum of the parts. Molecular Ecology, 16, 2607–2609.