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Figure 1: Sea turtles incidentally caught by a fishing boat (© Projeto Tamar Brazil – Image bank)

Hotspots of unwanted catches: the global issue of bycatch

Catarina Silva

Incidental catches of nontarget species, also called “bycatch” have important ecological, social and economic impacts. A new study reveals the global distribution and intensity of bycatch of air-breathing megafauna (sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds) and gaps in data availability.

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