Incidental catch of marine turtles by Spanish bottom trawlers in the western Mediterranean

Authors: 

Domenèch, F., de Quevedo, I.R.A., Marchán, MM., Revuelta, O., Vélez-Rubio, G., Bitón, S., Carona, L., and Tomás, J.

Year: 

2014

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and freshwater ecosystems

Publisher Address: 

Volume (Issue #): 

25

Page #s: 

539-550

Contact information: 

Summary: 

A questionaire administered to the bottom trawling fleet in the western Mediterranean (northeastern Spain) reported 238 bycacth events involving loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), calculated as a monthly CPUE of .09. The authors dicuss this figure relative to nearby coastal regions and suggest some possible mitigation measures.