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  • The rapid catch of marine megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs) poses a threat to these vulnerable species.The purpose of this study is to assess bycatch and use of vulnerable megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs) in the SWIO artisanal fisheries using interview surveys. This study focuses on areas where bycatch of vulnerable megafauna has been previously identified, suspected or least known as for the east coast of Africa (Tanzania). This study also provides recommendations for future research, management and mitigation of vulnerable megafauna bycatch in artisanal fisheries of the SWIO region Results collected in this study are consistent with previous local studies, undertaken in the southwest Indian Ocean, both in term of species involved and bycatch incidence.

  • The purpose of this study is to assess bycatch and use of vulnerable megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs) in the SWIO artisanal fisheries using interview surveys. This study focuses on areas where bycatch of vulnerable megafauna has been previously identified, suspected or least known as for the east coast of Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya) and Mauritius. A total of 961 interview samples were conducted in the region.This study also provides recommendations for future research, management and mitigation of vulnerable megafauna bycatch in artisanal fisheries of the SWIO region