Bycatch threats to Cetacean Conservation and Management Measures Taken/Proposed

All Reports to the European Commission on activities conducted by the UK under Regulation 812/200422, and under Article 12(4) of the Habitats Directive, provide details of the monitoring work undertaken in the UK and estimates of cetacean bycatch. The most recent reports on cetacean bycatch in UK waters submitted to the European Commission under the requirements of EC Regulation 812/2004 and Article 12 of the EU Habitats Directive can be found on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website. A dedicated protected species bycatch monitoring programme is in place and operated by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). Fisheries research laboratories operating discard observer programmes in the UK also provide data which are included in our assessment of cetacean bycatch. Whilst the UK observer scheme relies upon good collaborative links with industry, fisheries regulations have been enacted in England and Scotland to ensure that there is also a legal obligation for skippers and owners to allow observers on board when asked to do so. There is also an obligation under the Data Collection Framework (DCF) (in Northern Ireland) for offshore vessels to accommodate scientific observers when requested to do so and an active observer programme is run by Agri-Food and Biosciences Unit (AFBI). Additionally, DAERA Inshore Fisheries Work Programme deploys observers to inshore vessels, though there is no legal obligation, and this is undertaken by AFBI through good relations with the industry. This programme aims to maintain at least 42 observer days annually to report cetacean bycatch from the Northern Ireland static gear fishery.

 

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United Kingdom
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All Reports to the European Commission on activities conducted by the UK under Regulation 812/200422, and under Article 12(4) of the Habitats Directive, provide details of the monitoring work undertaken in the UK and estimates of cetacean bycatch. The most recent reports on cetacean bycatch in UK waters submitted to the European Commission under the requirements of EC Regulation 812/2004 and Article 12 of the EU Habitats Directive can be found on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

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