Management of Offal Discharge

In the North WCPFC and IATTC areas, vessels may use offal management as one of the seabird bycatch mitigation measures. Vessels may either ensure no offal discharge during setting or hauling, or use strategic offal discharge from the opposite side of the boat to setting/hauling, to actively encourage birds away from baited hooks. Of course, if there are no seabirds present, offal discharge management is not necessary. If you intend to use this technique, remember to keep enough offal on hand between the set and the haul.

Strategic Offal Discharge