A risk-based approach to rapidly screen vulnerability of cetaceans to impacts from fisheries bycatch

Authors: 

Brown, S.L., Reid, D., Rogan, E.

Year: 

2013

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Biological Conservation

Volume (Issue #): 

168

Page #s: 

78-87

Contact information: 

s.brown@ucc.ie
Summary: 

Potential risk of fisheries to cetaceans was assessed using a screening procedure based on a Productivity Susceptibility Analysis (PSA) using gears found in Ireland. Gillnets targeting demersal species was assessed as the fishery posing the greatest risk to cetaceans. Pelagic trawls targeting small pelagic species was found to pose a moderate risk to cetaceans. Specific gear-species interactions were also identified, such as humpback whales and pots/traps.