Species Caught in Midwater & Pelagic Trawls

These species have all been recorded as caught in midwater and pelagic trawls including those described as "middle depth" (International Standard Classification of Fishing Gears codes 03.21, 03.29-03.9).

There are 30 species of seabirds recorded caught in pelagic and midwater trawls. Almost all of these, 28 of the 30 species, are tubenoses (Procellariiformes), and eight of these 28 are albatrosses. Eight of the overall 30 species, including four of the albatrosses, are either non-diving or very shallow-diving species, suggesting that these birds are being caught only when the net is being hauled and close to the surface. Many of the remaining species may also possibly be caught when the net is near the surface. 

This suggests that an important way to reduce seabird bycatch in these trawls would require making changes when hauling the net.

If you are interested in more details about bycatch in any of these species, go to the map tool, choose "Explore by Species," select the species (probably easiest in the "Common name" drop-down box), submit the query, and get a comprehensive report for your species of interest. The report will list all of the references regarding bycatch in the "Gear Interaction References" section.


Tubenoses (Procellariiformes)

Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini
Gray-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Cape Petrel Daption capense
Salvin's Prion Pachyptila salvini
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata
Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur
Fulmar Prion Pachyptila crassirostris
Gray Petrel Procellaria cinerea
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris
Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes
Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis
Gray-backed Storm Petrel Garrodia nereis
Black-bellied Storm Petrel Fregetta tropica
Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Common Diving Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix

Boobies (Suliformes)

Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

Alcids (Charadriiformes)

Common Murre Uria aalge