As you well know, seabirds see baited hooks as a free meal. Of course you don’t want a bird taking bait meant for a tuna. But you should also know that many of the seabirds you encounter are endangered. So those are two good reasons to make an effort to avoid hooking birds!
This section will describe the measures most commonly recommended as effective at reducing seabird bycatch, and the combinations of measures required by different tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), and the areas in which these apply. This section will also briefly cover the types of seabirds, and the best techniques for dehooking and releasing birds.