Device Could Potentially Cut Gear From Turtles

One of the terms and conditions in the shallow-set fishery BiOp requires NMFS to conduct a workshop with fishermen, observers, relevant experts and NMFS’ Protected Resources Division staff to “determine whether there are more effective methods for removing more fishing gear from leatherbacks to increase their chance of survival after interacting with longline gear. ... This workshop should be repeated as necessary and findings should be incorporated into the annual Protected Species Workshops given by NMFS [Sustainable Fisheries Division].”

The opinion cites an estimate from Wespac’s Asuka Ishizaki that leatherback deaths could have been reduced by . . .

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