The incidental mortality of birds in the fishery of Dissostichus eleginoides was analyzed for the Chilean fleet at Subarea 48.3 during 1996 to 1997. In 1996, 533 birds were killed and 478 in 1997. The most vulnerable species was Diomedea melanophrys representing 41,% of the total bird killed in both years, followed by Procellaria aequincotialis with 10% and 33% respectively. For 1995, 1996 and 1997 the BPUE (Birds killed per 1000 set hooks) was calculated, existing no significantly differences among fishing seasons.
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