Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels


Folder Bycatch Mitigation Review and Advice

ACAP review of seabird bycatch mitigation measures and summary advice for reducing the impact of fishing on seabirds.

Folder Bycatch Mitigation Fact Sheets

This series of Seabird Bycatch Mitigation Fact Sheets describe the range of potential mitigation measures available to reduce seabird bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries. The sheets assess the effectiveness of each measure, highlight their limitations and strengths, and make best practice recommendations for their effective adoption.  They are designed to help decision-makers choose the most appropriate measures for their longline and trawl fisheries.   Please contact the Secretariat for commercial print files of the fact sheets in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Folder Seabird Bycatch ID Guide

The ACAP Seabird Bycatch Identification Guide is primarily intended for use at sea by fisheries observers to assist in the identification of albatrosses and some commonly caught petrels and shearwaters killed in longline operations.  The guide is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Please contact the Secretariat for high quality print files in all languages or to provide feedback on the ID Guide.  

Folder Bycatch Management Information System

The Bycatch Management Information System (BMIS) focuses on bycatch mitigation and management in oceanic tuna and billfish fisheries. It is an open resource useful for fishery managers, fishers, scientists, observers, educators and anyone with an interest in fisheries management. Go to

video Seabird mitigation for longline fishers video

BirdLife International’s Marine Programme along with financial support from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has produced an instructional video for the skippers and crew of longline vessels, highlighting the issue of seabird bycatch and describing the simple and effective measures that can be taken to minimise fishing impacts on seabird populations.  Watch Saving Albatrosses – How to Reduce Seabird Bycatch

video Hooks without birds

Determining the best strategy to reduce seabird bycatch in artisanal demersal longline fisheries in the Mediterranean is the aim of the team led by Professor Jacob González-Solís, Department of Animal Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio), University of Barcelona.  Watch Hooks without birds.

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