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Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan

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Short-finned Pilot Whale
(Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Photo: NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center

The goal of the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan (Plan) is to reduce serious injuries and deaths of several marine mammal stocks incidental to the California thresher shark/ swordfish drift gillnet fishery. The strategic marine mammal stocks currently of most concern include sperm whales and short-finned pilot whales.

The Plan

The Team
NMFS convened the Team [pdf] in February 1996 to address incidental serious injury and mortality of Baird's beaked whales, Cuvier's beaked whales, Mesoplodont species of beaked whales, short-finned pilot whales, pygmy sperm whales, sperm whales, and humpback whales in the California/Oregon swordfish drift gillnet fishery.

Forming Partnerships: U.S. West Coast Fisheries
This video highlights some West coast fisheries and their positive efforts to fish responsibly as well as interviews with scientists who discuss sustainable fishing issues.

Written, produced, directed, edited, and narrated by John Dutton.

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Updated: July 9, 2014

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