Expert Meeting to Develop Technical Guidelines to Reduce Bycatch of Marine Mammals in Fisheries

United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization, Rome, Italy

The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization convened experts, including Consortium scientists, to produce technical guidelines on how to best prevent and mitigate marine mammal bycatch in fisheries. The draft report was reviewed and adopted by participants at the FAO “Expert meeting on the development of technical guidelines to reduce bycatch of marine mammals in fisheries”, on 17-19 September 2019 in Rome, Italy. The revised guidelines will be reviewed by all UN member countries before being finalized and then submitted to the FAO’s Committee on Fisheries, the most important global, inter-governmental forum that addresses major international fisheries and aquaculture issues.