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Accidental capture and entanglement in fishing gear is the biggest threat to whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide, killing more than 300,000 animals per year. While considerable progress has been made over the last decade in stemming bycatch problems in certain fisheries, advances in reducing cetacean mortality in fisheries have remained relatively localized and therefore have had limited impact on the problem worldwide.
Transferring the lessons learned in places where bycatch mitigation approaches have been successful or promising - and even where they have failed - is an important step toward reducing cetacean bycatch on a global scale. The purpose of this online Resource Center is to assist in the transfer of information among scientists, fishermen, conservationists and government officials. If this is your first visit, please read more about the Resource Center and take a minute to explore the resources being assembled on this site.