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Cetaceans and gillnet fisheries in Mexico, Central America and the Wider Caribbean: a preliminary review
Vidal, O.; Van Waerebeek, K.; Findley, L.T. (1994). Cetaceans and gillnet fisheries in Mexico, Central America and the Wider Caribbean: a preliminary review. Rep. Int. Whal. Commn. Special Issue 15: 221-233
In: Report of the International Whaling Commission. International Whaling Commission: Cambridge. ISSN 0143-8700, more

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Keywords
    Delphinus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Eschrichtius robustus (Lilljeborg, 1861) [WoRMS]; Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray, 1846 [WoRMS]; Grampus griseus (G. Cuvier, 1812) [WoRMS]; Inia geoffrensis (de Blainville, 1817) [WoRMS]; Kogia breviceps (de Blainville, 1838) [WoRMS]; Lagenorhynchus obliquidens Gill, 1865 [WoRMS]; Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) [WoRMS]; Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Pseudorca crassidens (Owen, 1846) [WoRMS]; Sotalia fluviatilis (Gervais & Deville in Gervais, 1853) [WoRMS]; Stenella attenuata (Gray, 1846) [WoRMS]; Stenella attenuata attenuata (Gray, 1846) [WoRMS]; Stenella attenuata graffmani Perrin, 1990 [WoRMS]; Stenella clymene (Gray, 1850) [WoRMS]; Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) [WoRMS]; Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    INCIDENTAL CAPTURE; NORTH PACIFIC; NORTH ATLANTIC; VAQUITA; COMMON DOLPHIN; BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN; TUCUXI; SPOTTED DOLPHIN; CLYMENE DOLPHIN; RISSO'S DOLPHIN; KILLER WHALE; BOTO; PYGMY SPERM WHALE: GRAY WHALE; HUMPBACK WHALE; PANTROPICAL SPOTTED DOLPHIN; STRIPED DOLPHIN; WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN; FALSE KILLER WHALE; PILOT WHALE-SHORTFINNED

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  • Vidal, O.
  • Van Waerebeek, K., more
  • Findley, L.T.

Abstract
    This paper reviews published and unpublished information on the mortality of cetaceans in gillnets in Mexico, Central America and the wider Caribbean. Data on this incidental mortality are provided from only nine of the 36 nations in the area (Colombia, the Dominican Republic. French Guiana, Honduras, Mexico. Panama, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela); the lack of mortality records from the other countries reflects poor or non-existent documentation. We surveyed those types of passive fishing gear which potentially or actually entrap cetaceans in this large area; these included gillnets with mesh sizes of 18 to 400mm. At least 14 species of cetaceans have been caught in fishing nets in this area: vaquitas, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, tucuxis, Atlantic spotted dolphins, spinner dolphins, clymene dolphins, Risso's dolphins, killer whales, pygmy sperm whales, botos, gray whales, humpback whales and balaenopterids. At least another five species are potentially at risk: pantropical spotted dolphins, striped dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, false killer whales and short-finned pilot whales. Of special concern is the endangered vaquita in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico.

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