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Action: Thaw bait before setting lines to reduce seabird bycatch Bird Conservation

Key messages

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A single study from Australia found that lines set using thawed baits caught significantly fewer seabirds than controls.


Supporting evidence from individual studies


An analysis of data from 86 longlining vessels operating around Tasmania, Australia, between April 1992 and March 1995 (Klaer & Polacheck 1998) and studying a total of 141 line sets, found that sets that using partially or completely thawed bait had significantly lower bycatch rates, compared to sets using unthawed bait. This study is also described in ‘Set longlines at night to reduce seabird bycatch’ and ‘Use bait throwers to reduce seabird bycatch’.


Referenced papers

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Williams, D.R., Child, M.F., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Pople, R.G., Showler, D.A., Walsh, J.C., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J. & Sutherland, W.J. (2019) Bird Conservation. Pages 141-290 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2019. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.