Using a multi-pronged approach to learn about hawksbill habitat use and bycatch in artisanal fisheries in northern Peru.
The ProDelphinus programs that primarily interact with hawksbills are carried out on the northern coast of Peru. In this region hawksbills often get trapped in fishing nets as bycatch. They are also a target species in some cases. This combination of threats leads to a considerable loss of individuals of this species. This summary describes the combination of two projects, the first of which seeks to identify habitat use by the species by installing satellite transmitters, as well as to determine priority areas for conservation and how these areas may overlap to fishing grounds. Secondly, ProDelphinus works with artisanal fishing operations to generate data on hawksbill bycatch. The results of this research is used to identify possible mitigation measures to reduce hawksbill bycatch. Both projects successfully engage fishers and thus commit these important stakeholders to the conservation of endangered marine species.
- Identify times of the year where there is a greater abundance of hawksbills and the species’ overlap with fishing areas.
- Work in partnership with other groups to promote the conservation of hawksbills, particularly in fishing communities.
- Collect hawksbill bycatch data from artisanal fishing operations.
- Use fisheries research results to define mitigation measures to reduce the incidental catch of hawksbills.