ERIC Number: ED309044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Marine Wildlife Entanglement in North America.
O'Hara, Kathryn; And Others
The public has become increasingly aware that marine wildlife sometimes becomes entangled in fishing gear, such as dolphins in tuna nets. However, little is known about how widespread entanglement is and what its impacts are. If conclusions can be drawn from what few data do exist, the picture is an alarming one. Each year fishing activity causes the death of many thousands of marine mamals, sea birds, and sea turtles. Many of the species killed are already endangered or threatened. By consolidating the diverse information on entanglement this report assesses how and why incidental take of marine animals occurs. Because data are scarce and scattered, the issue was researched by starting with known entanglements and then examining the fisheries in which they occurred. The report summarizes each fishery by target species, gear used, area of operations, level of effort, and the kinds of entanglements caused by recreational fishing, discarded or lost gear and other debris, and ingestion of plastic debris by marine wildlife. (CW)
Descriptors: Animals, Conservation (Environment), Endangered Species, Environmental Education, Fisheries, Marine Biology, Marine Education, Natural Resources, Plastics, Science Education, Statistical Data, Wildlife, Wildlife Management
Center for Marine Conservation, 1725 DeSales St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Environmental Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: North America