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Some observations on the science of bycatch
Alverson, D. (1999). Some observations on the science of bycatch. Mar. Technol. Soc. J. 33(2): 6-12
In: Marine Technology Society Journal. Marine Technology Society (MTS): Washington, D.C.. ISSN 0025-3324, more
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  • Alverson, D.

    Bycatch, an issue intertwined in the history of fishery science, has played variousmanagement roles within ocean fisheries over the past century. It did not, however,until the late 1980's and 1990's, become a featured component of the complex offishery science issues concerned with defining mortalities associated with target andnon-target fisheries. Bycatch literally burst from the gate and became a priority issuein fisheries research when it became increasingly evident that bycatch resulted in thecapture a variety of sealife and could result in the endangerment of non-targetedliving marine resources including turtles, marine birds and mammals, and in someinstances non-target species of fish. The following report provides a cursory historyof bycatch issues and progress being made towards a reduction in its capture andlowering of the discard mortality.

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