Consolidated Fisheries Ltd

Sustainability & Environment

The development of incidental mortality mitigation

CFL has held a long tradition in addressing the issue of incidental seabird mortality through research, design and strict adherence to seabird friendly fishing methods. The reputation of CFL is closely bound with that of the Falkland Island’s Fisheries Department, and Falklands Conservation, who have worked closely together to ensure best practices are followed. This work has culminated in a National Plan of Action for Seabirds, a plan which has received acclaim from all around the world.

Early Observations

Also arranged along the father line are small rocks (each weighing approximately 2kg) attached every 25 metres. These rocks…facilitate rapid sinking which minimises the taking of baits by birds when setting the line.
Martin Cox, FIFD Observer, Isla Guafo April/May 1994

Bird mortality was a serious problem with 298 Black-Browed albatrosses, 20 White-Chinned Petrels and 1 Cape Petrel being caught. A total of 65 birds were caught on line 16.
Mike Riddy, CFL Observer, Mar del Sur I, 09/11/94 – 12/12/94

And Now…

The adoption of these Falklands Action Plans is a milestone in protecting the beleaguered albatrosses of the Southern Ocean. They put the Falklands at the forefront of seabird-friendly fishing and have lit a beacon for other fishing nations to follow.
Dr Euan Dunn, Head of the RSPB Marine Unit

Falklands Conservation would like to congratulate CFL Gambler and Valiant in achieving negligible levels of seabird mortality in the longline fishery for 2005/2006. The estimated catch rate was 0.002 birds per 1000 hooks and this meets the target goal of the Falkland Islands National Plan of Action to be achieved by 2007
Falklands Conservation Seabird at Sea Team