Introduce legislation to prohibit or restrict the use of fishing gear types or methods that are harmful to mammals
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This intervention involves introducing legislation to prohibit or restrict the use of fishing gear types or methods that have a high risk of injuring or killing marine and freshwater mammals, e.g. by entanglement or incidental capture. For example, large-scale pelagic drift nets were banned in international waters by a United Nations resolution adopted in 1992 due to high levels of bycatch of cetaceans and other taxa (United Nations General Assembly 1990). Enforcement may be required if compliance is low. See Enforce legislation to control illegal fishing using gear or methods that are harmful to mammals.
United Nations General Assembly (1990) Large-scale pelagic driftnet fishing and its impact on the living marine resources of the world's oceans and seas: Report of the Secretary-General. UN Doc. A/45/663.