Reducing the impact of bycatch on vulnerable species across the island of Cyprus.
The Cyprus Bycatch project is developing a standardized multi-taxa approach to study and mitigate bycatch in the island of Cyrus.
• Increase knowledge on the occurrence of bycatch
• Identify measures to reduce the impact of bycatch on vulnerable species and achieve reductions in the levels of bycatch in selected areas or fishing fleet segments.
• Engage in policy frameworks to ensure that they are supportive of measures to reduce bycatch.
• Raise awareness among coastal communities of the issue of bycatch and engage them in good practices to address it.
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The incidental capture of non-target species, such as marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and elasmobranchs, known as "Bycatch", is a key conservation issue in Cyprus. Bycatch is one of the main threats to marine biodiversity and to the profitability and sustainability of fisheries in Cyprus.