Mr Martin Purves

South Africa

I am interested in mitigation of seabird mortalities in fisheries and have worked as an at-sea observer in fisheries in the Southern Ocean where high mortalities was a big issue in the late 90s/early 2000s. I am currently working with one-by-one tuna fisheries which use low impact fishing methods such as pole-and-line, handline and troll. in the tropical tuna fisheries seabirds are sometimes good indicators of tuna schools, active at the surface, and have been used for centuries by fishermen looking for good catches.