Implications of new Technical Measures Regulation for cetacean bycatch in European waters
Dolman, S.J., Evans, P.G.H., Ritter, F., Simmonds, M.P. and Swabe, J.
For decades, cetacean bycatch has been a major conservation and welfare concern in the European Union with high numbers of harbour porpoises, dolphins and whales dying each year (see Table 1). Despite binding legal requirements to monitor and reduce bycatch, cetacean bycatch monitoring has been insufficient in most fisheries and areas (ICES, 2011; Northridge, 2011; Desportes, 2014; ICES, 2016; Read et al., 2017), to generate reliable estimates of bycatch. Measures to reduce bycatch have been limited and not always directed at the most problematic fisheries.