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Proceedings 2011/045

Considerations for the Estimation of Incidental Catch in the Eastern Canadian Swordfish/Other Tunas Longline Fishery Science Peer Review; July 11-12, 2011

Chairperson: Kirsten Clark


The Incidental Catch in the Eastern Canadian Swordfish and Other Tuna Longline Fishery Regional Advisory Process (RAP) was held July 11-12, 2011, at the St. Andrews Biological Station, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Participants included DFO staff (Science, Fisheries Management, Species at Risk, and Policy and Economics), stakeholders and external experts. The objectives of this RAP meeting were taken from the Work Plan to Address Incidental Catch in Canadian Large Pelagic Fisheries, a living document created by Fisheries Management and Science to address issues of incidental catch in large pelagic fisheries. These objectives addressed the Work Planthemes of 1) level of Observer coverage and 2) managing discards for all target species. The focus of the Work Plan is directed toward six key species: bluefin tuna, porbeagle, shortfin mako, blue shark, leatherback sea turtle and loggerhead sea turtle as well as discarding of swordfish. Specifically this meeting was to address the level of Observer coverage and estimates of precision; discard estimation; and survival of released bycatch.

In addition to the Proceedings, there will be a Science Advisory Report and three Research Documents resulting from this meeting.

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