The last few weeks I have spent a good amount of time reviewing benthic bycatch data from areas belonging to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) convention zone (see figure below).
What is SPRFMO? From the official website:
The work I was involved in is part of the Deepwater Working Group programme and it was done in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand. The review was focussed on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VME) indicator taxa bycatch from commercial fisheries (trawling only). Although the topic is rather depressing I enjoyed the project and I look forward to doing similar work in the near future.
The paper is publicly available in the SPRFMO site, along the rest of papers for the 10th Scientific Committee.
Tablada, J., Geange, S., & Stephenson, F. (2022). SC10-DW03. Development of a process to review all recent and historical benthic VME bycatch data https://www.sprfmo.int/assets/02-SC10/Meeting-Papers/SC10-DW03-Development-of-a-process-to-review-all-recent-and-historical-benthic-bycatch-data-NZ.pdf