Conduct a scientific review to ensure that currently employed methods for estimating sea turtle post-release mortality in pelagic longline fisheries are made using best available science.
Based on critiques of current methods used to estimate sea turtle post-release mortality rates in pelagic longline fisheries, provide suggestions to establish more reliable estimates.
Specifically, the group will:
1) Review the post-release mortality estimates for sea turtles as currently defined in Table 1 (p.26) of Ryder et al. (2006);
2) Identify relevant research conducted since the 2004 meeting described in Ryder et al. (2006);
3) Review and critique research conducted since 2004 that is relevant for estimating post-release mortality probability;
4) Discuss potential effects of hook design (J, tuna, circle) and size (narrowest width) on injury and mortality.
WHEN: 15 and 16 November 2011, 11:30 am -4:00 pm EST
WHERE: Online - webinar - directions provided via email.
Since the time of the workshop in 2004, there have been a number of published papers as well as anecdotal information related to sea turtle post-release mortality, suggesting a benefit of reassessing estimates in light of new information. In addition to anatomical hooking location and trailing gear, this meeting could also provide an opportunity to consider effects of hook types, such as circle, J, and Tuna hooks.
Keith Bigelow, National Marine Fisheries Service, email@example.com
Milani Chaloupka, Ecological Modeling Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryan Epperly, National Marine Fisheries Service, Sheryan.Epperly@noaa.gov
Joseph Flanagan, Houston Zoo, JFlanagan@houstonzoo.org
Eric Gilman (co-organizer), Hawaii Pacific University, EricLGilman@gmail.com
Dawn Golden, National Marine Fisheries Service, Dawn.Golden@noaa.gov
Martin Hall, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, email@example.com
Craig Harms, North Carolina State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike James, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Mike.James@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Molly Lutcavage, Univ. Massachusetts, email@example.com
Terry Norton, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Opay, National Marine Fisheries Service, Patrick.Opay@noaa.gov
Mariluz Parga, SUBMOM, email@example.com
Samuel Pooley, National Marine Fisheries Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Sasso, National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris.Sasso@noaa.gov
Barbara Schroeder, NMFS, Barbara.Schroeder@noaa.gov
Brian Stacy, University of Florida, StacyB@vetmed.ufl.edu
Lesley Stokes, National Marine Fisheries Service, Lesley.email@example.com
Yonat Swimmer (lead organizer), National Marine Fisheries Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Wyneken, Florida Atlantic University, email@example.com
Adam Bailey, National Marine Fisheries Service, Adam.Bailey@noaa.gov
Christina Fahy, National Marine Fisheries Service, Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Frutchey, National Marine Fisheries Service, Karen.email@example.com
Asuka Ishizaki, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Kinan-Kelly, National Marine Fisheries Service, Irene.Kelly@noaa.gov
Chris Yates National Marine Fisheries Service, email@example.com
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Email notes response to queries to R. Aguilar (2001) DOWNLOAD
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Parker, D.M., Balazs, G.H., Murakawa, S.K.K., and Polovina, J.J. 2005. Post-hooking survival of loggerhead sea turtles taken by pelagic longline fishing in the North Pacific. In Proceedings of the twenty-first annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-528. Edited by M.S. Coyne and R.D. Clark. pp. 50-52. http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/species/turtles/techmemos.htm.
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Sasso,C., Epperly, S. 2007. Survival of pelagic juvenile loggerhead turtles in the open ocean. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(6): 1830-1835. DOWNLOAD http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/turtles/PR_Sasso_Epperly_2007_JWildManag.pdf
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Swimmer Y, Brill R, Musyl M (2002) Use of pop-up satellite archival tags to quantify mortality of marine turtles incidentally captured in longline fishing gear. Mar Turtle Newsl 97:3–7. DOWNLOAD
Swimmer, Y., Arauz, R., McCracken, M., McNaughton, L., Ballestero, J., Musyl, M., Bigelow, K., Brill, R. 2006. Diving behavior and delayed mortality of olive ridley sea turtles Lepidochelys olivacea after their release from longline fishing gear. Marine Ecology Progress Services 323: 253-261. DOWNLOAD
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Work and Balazs (2010) Pathology and distribution of sea turtles landed as bycatch in the Hawaii-based North Pacific pelagic longline fishery. J.Wild.Diseases, 46(2) 422-432. DOWNLOAD
Kemp's ridley radiographs – examples of types of hooks and positions – provided by Joe Flanagan.
Examples of Mustad circle hook widths - download image