The impact and mitigation strategies of Canada’s West Coast fisheries on Black-footed albatross
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Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) experience high mortality rates due to conflict with fisheries both in Canada and globally. Their behaviour, biology, life history traits and dietary needs put them at an increased risk for becoming bycatch in longline fisheries. Despite scientific evidence that demonstrates the success of seabird bycatch mitigation methods in global fisheries, Canada does not have legally binding laws that demand these methods be implemented in fisheries. Vulnerable seabird populations are declining, altering the well-being of marine ecosystems in Canada and globally. Additional policies and laws must be implemented to help reduce Black-footed albatross bycatch in longline fisheries.