Bycatch of marine mammals and seabirds—Assessment and mitigation (39337)

Project Details


The aim of the project is to develop innovative mitigation methods to reduce the unintended bycatch of marine mammals and seabirds in Danish gillnet fisheries.

The project includes the following components:
- determine the distribution in time and space of the bycatches.
- identify the factors that determine the occurrence of the bycatch and its distribution;- identify behaviour that are correlated with bycatch.
- conduct pilot trials of mitigation methods.
- propose further mitigation methods to test in a continuation of the project.

The results of the project will contribute to a better management of protected species of marine mammals and seabirds, as well as placing Denmark in a better position with respect to its obligations in relation to the EU Habitats Directive, the EU Bird Directive, the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the EU Council Resolution 812/2004 and the EU Action Plan for reduction of seabird bycatch.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)
Kolmården, Sweden

The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Danish Fisheries Agency.

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Effective start/end date01/03/201617/02/2021


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