“The GEF-funded Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project researched the ecological impacts of longline tuna fishing in relation to sea mounts. IUCN explored whether there are patterns in the amount and /or size of fish around seamounts and identifying possible spawning or aggregation sites."
The project involved:
- Interviewing pelagic longline fishermen regarding methods, gear and strategies for fishing on sea mounts;
- Reviewing the status of understanding of conservation issues and convening a technical workshop to discuss the status of knowledge management issues (planned for Oct 2009);
- Conducting outreach with relevant stakeholders including national governments and longline industries;
- Preparing an information paper (0.5MB) outlining possible management techniques for longline fishing vessels.