Incidental catch, or bycatch, in commercial trawl and longline fisheries is largely considered to be the most important threat facing sea turtles and many species of seabird.

Conservation of these highly migratory species with slow reproductive performance requires concerted, multi-lateral effort. Understanding where, when and how bycatch is crucial. In addition, effective laws and regulations and permits are needed.

We like to reduce bycatch of seabirds and sea turtles in trawl and longline fisheries by:

  • improving scientific knowledge on fishing, gear-types and bycatch areas
  • improving practice bycatch mitigation in key fleets in national waters and the high seas
  • building capacity of observers and national scientists to collect, manage and analyze effort and bycatch data
  • national and international policy and advocacy for national legislation and regulation


Our focus is on demersal trawl and longline fishing operations at regional and local levels.


  • BirdLife International
  • CSRP
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • NOAA
  • PRCM

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated € 920,000 annually


The Action Plan annual budget is estimated at € 1,125,000

Remaining needs are partially covered by existing projects co-funding is still needed


Marie Madeleine Gomez

Manager, West Africa

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