Seabird Species Caught in Traps and Pots

These species have all been recorded as caught in traps, pots, or Korean traps (International Standard Classification of Fishing Gears codes 07.3, 07.9, and 08.1-08.9). These include fyke nets, encircling gillnets, salmon bag nets, and lobster pots, among others. 

There are 36 species that have been reported caught in traps and pots. Two species are not diving species, Black-footed Albatross and Soft-plumaged Petrel. Two species are gulls, which are surface divers. Almost all the remaining 32 species are pursuit divers. These strong, capable divers may reach depths of 90 m, and most of the species dive in the range of depths from 5 to 30 or 40 m . It is therefore likely that these birds may have been caught in the trap or pot while it was set in waters shallower than about 50 m.

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.

Ducks (Anseriformes)

Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

Loons and Divers (Gaviiformes)

Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
Common Loon Gavia immer

Tubenoses (Procellariiformes)

Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis

Grebes (Podicipediformes)

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

Boobies, Shags, and Cormorants (Suliformes)

Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Pitt Shag Phalacrocorax featherstoni
Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Australian Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis
Chatham Shag Leucocarbo onslowi

Gulls (Charadriiformes)

Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
Western Gull Larus occidentalis
American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Alcids (Charadriiformes)

Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Common Murre Uria aalge
Razorbill Alca torda
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica
Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata