Conflict between dolphins and a data-scarce fishery of the European Union

Authors: 

Snape, R.T., Broderick, A.C., Cicek, B.A., Fuller, W.J., T., Nicholas, Witt, M.J., and Godley, B.J.

Year: 

2018

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Human Ecology

Publisher Address: 

Volume (Issue #): 

46(3)

Page #s: 

423-433

Contact information: 

Centre for Ecology and Conservation, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK; Society for Protection of Turtles, PK.65, Mersin 10, Kyrenia, North Cyprus, Turkey
Summary: 

The study combined fisher questionnaires, acoustic monitoring, and participatory experiments to investigate the occurrence of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) in the gillnet fisheries of Northern Cyprus. Dolphins were present in fishing grounds throughout the year, and were detected at 28% of net sets. Net damage was six times greater when dolphins were present during sets. Use of an acoustic pinger (AQUAmark 200, 5-160kHz) was tested, but had no significant effect on dolphin presence.