Bycatch of high sea longline fisheries and measures taken by Taiwan: Actions and challenges

Published online on 17 March 2011.

Hsiang-Wen Huang


Taiwan is a major longline fishing nation with an interest in proactive conservation measures. Facing global concerns about the incidental catch in longline fisheries, Taiwan has focused on bycatch issues since the 2000s. This paper reviews the existing information on bycatch and the actions taken by Taiwan in the past ten years, including the establishment of observer programs, education and outreach, adoption of national plans of action and publicizing regulations for mitigation measures. This review suggests that continuing and improving the observer program, ensuring the compliance of mitigation measures, and encouraging information exchange and international cooperation will contribute to the conservation of non-commercial species of concern.

Marine Policy Volume 35, Issue 5, September 2011, Pages 712-720

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