Sunday, July 13, 2008

Salmon consumer information

For those who like to know more about the fish they purchase they should check out the 2008 Sea Choice recommendations at the link below.
There is also information at their website

One bit of information presented that caught my eye was about seabird by-catch. Obviously, we are all familiar with steelhead by-catch in gillnet fisheries...but did you know about seabirds? Read this quote from the report:
"It is estimated that each year the salmon gillnet fishery captures approximately 12,000 seabirds based on extrapolations from observed test fisheries. The most commonly caught bird species are common murres, rhinoceros auklets, and marbled murrelets. Less than 5% of the birds caught are returned alive. The marbled murrelet is a 'threatened' species under the federal Species At Risk Act."
I would guess that is coastwide, but it highlights yet another negative impact of using gillnets.

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