About this Research Topic
Managers tasked with understanding, quantifying and mitigating marine mammal–fishery interactions will often be starting with little or no data and with no system in place to collect data. The absence of either the data to evaluate bycatch impacts or a plan to collect such data for fisheries that export to the USA could lead to the products from those fisheries being prohibited from entering the USA, with severe implications for associated fishing communities, some of which are in poor and developing countries. The aims of this Research Topic are to increase the number of marine mammal populations for which abundance and bycatch can be estimated and to help identify which fisheries are most urgently in need of mitigation.
The papers for this Research Topic should contribute to the science of assessing marine mammal populations subject to bycatch. Examples of novel field and analytical methods for estimating abundance and bycatch and for calculating conservation reference points that can be used to prioritize and guide mitigation strategies are particularly welcome. We are looking for contributions that offer creative assessment solutions for regions with limited or no data and where funding for monitoring is hard to come by, or in which governance, logistical or other challenges make conventional approaches to assessment impractical. We also welcome case studies on assessment of marine mammal bycatch and resulting mitigation outcomes.
Keywords: Abundance surveys, Bycatch estimation, Conservation, Population ecology, Population models, Potential Biological Removal, Recovery, Seafood Import Rule
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