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 aim to reduce bycatch of seabirds and sea turtles in industrial fisheries by ensuring that:

  • data (including observer data) are current and available in databases
  • national observer systems are in place and operational for local and distant water fisheries
  • compliance, monitoring and surveillance systems are operational
  • industrial fleet is aware about bycatch and committed to bycatch reduction
  • coordination and governance of a lasting partnership are enhanced


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


  • BirdLife International
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • NOAA
  • PRCM
  • University of Barcelona

Budget 2020-2022

Co-financing still to be found € 690,000


Total budget € 2’320’000

MAVA allocation € 1’630’000


Marie Madeleine Gomez

Manager, West Africa

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