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This website is designed to help fishers and fisheries managers assess risk of seabird bycatch in geographic areas of interest, in order to make appropriate mitigation or accommodations, and minimize or eliminate seabird bycatch in operations. It can also be useful to anyone with an interest in mapping seabird occurrence by region. See our introductory video here.
The map tool allows you to quickly find information related to the seabirds themselves, on known bycatch issues, and factors that may indicate the risk posed to them by fishing. It does not provide immediate yes or no answers to specific circumstances. As a user, you may:
- Draw your fishery on a map, or import a shapefile.
- Quickly obtain a list of seabirds that you might encounter in your fishery or area of interest.
- See maps of their distribution.
- Sort the species by threatened status, population size, or other criteria.
- See ecological information, such as diving depth, that may indicate the risk posed by fishing gear.
- Review legal protected status.
- Be directed to bycatch reduction and mitigation resources.
- Find additional literature sources.
Here's a quick-start guide.
There are 385 species profiles in the database which can be accessed from the species list or by searching on gear types, or species names or groups.
|Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris. Photo by Andre Anita/Shutterstock.|
If you are researching seabirds and/or their interactions with fisheries, please see How to Use this Website. You can visit our Documentation and Resources pages for details regarding methodology, source data, and terminology. The Help page will guide you through using the tool.
We ask that you register in order to use the tool. Registering allows you to save your work for future reference.
Note that the map tool has been optimized for use with the Chrome browser. It also has been tested and works properly with Firefox versions (38 or higher), Safari, and Internet Explorer.
We hope you will find the tool and information useful, and we welcome feedback; click on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.