An exciting collaborative workshop exploring new ways to monitor and reduce cetacean bycatch in UK fisheries.
Cefas, ZSL and Defra are delighted to be hosting a unique, collaborative workshop focused on the issue of cetacean bycatch in UK fisheries. Our aim is to examine existing practices, UK-wide, for cetacean monitoring and bycatch reduction, explore new ideas, and bring together voices from a wide range of stakeholders to identify concrete actions for the future.
Tuesday 12th to Wednesday 13th March 2019 | Zoological Society of London
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Have you studied or monitored the impact of bycatch on a particular species? Does bycatch present an issue in your fishery? Have you developed or tested solutions for these issues?
Join our workshop to develop a coherent and coordinated, stakeholder-led approach to tackle the challenge of both large and small cetacean bycatch in UK waters.
This two-day workshop will bring together fishermen, scientists, engineers, policy makers and NGO’s from around the world. Together, we will share knowledge and experience of how bycatch monitoring and mitigation across a range of marine species has successfully been implemented and how that could be applied to cetacean bycatch in the UK, by:
- Reviewing levels of cetacean bycatch in UK fisheries and methods for monitoring these;
- Exploring examples of bycatch reduction in other taxa and investigate whether these can be adapted for cetaceans;
- Identifying innovative solutions to reduce cetacean bycatch and assessing whether they are practical for UK fishing fleets;
- Envisioning the future for cetacean bycatch mitigation and identifying areas for further research in the UK.
Through a series of presentations, debate, and plenary discussion, the workshop will be divided into multiple sessions, including gear modifications, new technologies, real-time reporting, spatial management, industry-led research, and more…….
Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to observe a ZSL-led dissection of a bycaught harbour porpoise and be given a chance to share knowledge and deepen understanding of cetacean biology.
- Catherine Bell, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
- Stuart Hetherington - Senior Marine Biologist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
- Rob Deaville - Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) Project Manager, Zoological Society of London
- Joanna Barker - Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme Project Manager, Zoological Society of London
- Milly Oakley - Event Manager, Zoological Society of London
- Katrina Ryan - Director, Mindfully Wired Communications
- Charlotte Tindall - Communications Consultant
Spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend, please register your interest by contacting:
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