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    Seabird interactions with long-lining operations during an exploratory fishing cruise for Dissostichus eleginoides to South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica

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    Document Number:
    SC-CAMLR-XII/BG/08 Rev. 1
    Author(s):
    Delegations of United Kingdom and Chile
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    Abstract

    During seven operations involving the setting and hauling of long-lines to catch Dissostichus eleginoides around the South Sandwich Islands ( Statistical Sub-area 48.4 ), actual y potential interactions with seabirds were assessed. Bird numbers increased rapidly after dawn and large numbers of Cape, giant and storm petrels and smaller numbers of white-chinned petrels and black-browed albatrosses were present during day hauling operations. No incidental mortality was seen and only one bird was caught on a hook; nevertheless these aggregations of birds are clearly potentially vulnerable to setting operations in daylight hours. Several species of seabirds present must have originated from South Georgia populations; however wandering and gray-headed albatrosses, whose populations arc in serious decline at South Georgia were rare; their vulnerability to long- lining operations in the South Sandwich Islands is therefore low. Anecdotal data and observations on long-line vessels fishing around South Georgia, however , suggest that there may be significant catch rates of albatrosses; further detailed studies are needed.