Cetacean entanglement in fishing gear

Journal Article

Title: Cetacean entanglement in fishing gear
Authors: Hofman R.
Publication Date:
March 01, 1990
Journal: Mammal Review
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Pages: 53-64
Publisher: Wiley
Technology Type:

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Hofman R. (1990). Cetacean entanglement in fishing gear. Mammal Review, 20(1), 53-64.

Cetaceans, other marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and many non-target fish species are caught at least occasionally in virtually all fisheries that occur in areas occupied by such species. There have been several general reviews in recent years of information regarding the entanglement of marine mammals and other species in active fishing gear and in gear which has been lost or discarded (Northridge, 1984; Stone, 1986; O’Hara, Atkins & Iudicello, 1986). Therefore, rather than attempt to provide a comprehensive review of available information concerning cetacean entanglement in fishing gear, in this paper I present and discuss a number of examples to illustrate the types of fisheries that catch cetaceans incidentally, the species and numbers of cetaceans being caught and killed, and the possible effects of such incidental take on the affected species and populations.


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