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Empty promises: The European Union is failing to protect dolphins and porpoises from fisheries by-catch

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Per Berggren



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By- catch is the primary global conservation threat to populations of dolphins and por-poises. Despite protection for these protected species under its Habitats Directive, the European Union (EU) has failed to adequately assess and, where necessary, miti-gate the by- catch of small cetaceans. Management authority is diffuse, and the EU has no over- arching, quantitative conservation objectives. To address this, we recom-mend that the EU adopt a comprehensive plan to conserve dolphins and porpoises in European waters. This plan should include regular formal assessments of small cetacean populations, including establishment of quantitative management objec-tives, generation of estimates of abundance and by- catch mortality, and agreement on biological reference points that will guide management actions to ensure that by- catch does not exceed sustainable levels

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rogan E, Read AJ, Berggren P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fish and Fisheries

Year: 2021

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 865-869

Print publication date: 22/06/2021

Online publication date: 05/05/2021

Acceptance date: 17/03/2021

Date deposited: 05/05/2021

ISSN (print): 1467-2960

ISSN (electronic): 1467-2979

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/faf.12556


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