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Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan

Long-Beaked Common Dolphin, leaping out of water
Long-Beaked Common Dolphin
(Delphinus capensis)
Photo: NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center


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


Northern Right Whale Dolphin leaping out of water
Northern Right Whale Dolphin
(Lissodelphis borealis)
Photo: Janice Waite, NOAA


 

Overview
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/Oregon thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet fishery. 

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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