Volume 49, No. 2



Volumes > 38 (2010-->) Volumes 28-37 (2000-09) Volumes 18-27 (1990-99) Volumes 5-17 (1978-89)
a.k.a. Cormorant

Quick Search by author or article title:


Fishing gear-related injuries and mortality of seabirds in coastal northern Argentina


Authors

MARÍA PAULA BERÓN* & JUAN PABLO SECO PON

Grupo Vertebrados, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Funes 3250 (B7602AYJ), Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina *(mpberon@mdp.edu.ar)


Received 11 June 2021, accepted 31 July 2021

Date Published: 2021/10/15
Date Online: 2021/10/14


Download PDF

Citation

BERÓN, M.P. & SECO PON, J.P. 2021. Fishing gear-related injuries and mortality of seabirds in coastal northern Argentina. Marine Ornithology 49: 321-327.


Key words: artisanal fishing, ALDFG, bird conservation, coastal Argentina, marine debris, recreational fishing


Abstract

Worldwide, many seabirds are killed annually when they become entangled in gear used in coastal fisheries. This includes seabirds along the coast of Argentina, where recreational fishing occurs year-round and where little attention has been paid to the issue. We report here results for a study conducted in the vicinity of Mar del Plata Harbor and Mar Chiquita Lagoon in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, during the non-breeding season (March-September 2016). We found and inspected 46 individuals of ten species with moderate (30%), severe (46%), and lethal (24%) lesions from fishing gear entanglement. Coastal birds (83%) dominated the tally, with gulls being the most affected group. The species with the most frequent occurrence in Mar del Plata Harbor and Mar Chiquita Lagoon were Olrog's Gull Larus atlanticus (17.1% and 7.9%, respectively), followed by Kelp Gull L. dominicanus (1.3% and 0.3%, respectively). Among Olrog's Gulls, adults were found most frequently in the Mar del Plata Harbor, whereas sub-adults were more frequent at Mar Chiquita Lagoon. We recommend persistent monitoring to improve understanding of interactions between seabirds and both artisanal and sport-recreational fisheries, as well as campaigns to promote awareness of the issue within the fishing community. The responsible removal of discarded fishing tackle must be encouraged in coastal areas.


References

ABRAHAM, E.R., BERKENBUSCH, K.N. & RICHARD, Y. 2010. The capture of seabirds and marine mammals in New Zealand non-commercial fisheries. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report 64: 1-52.

ANDERSON, O.R.J., SMALL, C.J., CROXALL, J.P. ET AL. 2011. Global seabird bycatch in longline fisheries. Endangered Species Research 14: 91-106.

BECHERUCCI, M.E., ROSENTHAL, A.F. & SECO PON, J.P. 2017. Marine debris in beaches of the Southwestern Atlantic: An assessment of their abundance and mass at different spatial scales in northern coastal Argentina. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119: 299−306.

BERÓN, M.P. 2019. Austral Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis sustaining an injury derived from recreational fishing gear. International Journal of Science and Research 8: 382-386.

BERÓN, M.P. & FAVERO, M. 2009. Mortality and injuries of Olrog's Gull (Larus atlanticus) individuals associated with sport fishing activities in Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon, Buenos Aires Province. El Hornero 24: 99-102.

BERÓN, M.P., FAVERO, M. & GÓMEZ LAICH, A. 2007. Use of natural and anthropogenic resources by the Olrog's Gull Larus atlanticus: implications for the conservation of the species in non-breeding habitats. Bird Conservation International 17: 351-357. doi:10.1017/S0959270907000883

BERTONATTI, C. & PEREZ, L.E. 2016. Turismo en las costas bonaerenses: entre el desarrollo que destruyó y el progreso que conservará. In: ATHOR, J. & CELSI, C.E. (Eds.) La Costa Atlántica de Buenos Aires - Naturaleza y Patrimonio Cultural. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara.

BIBBY, C.J., BURGESS, N.D. & HILL, D.A. 1992 Bird Census Techniques, 1st Edition. London, UK: Academic Press.

BURGER, J. & GOCHFELD, M. 2002. Effects of chemicals and pollution on seabirds. In: SCHREIBER, E.A. & BURGER, J. (Eds.) Biology of Marine Birds. Boca Raton, USA: CRC Press.

CAILLE, G., TAGLIORETTE, A., LOSANO, P. & GONZÁLEZ, R. 1997. La recreación costera como uso alternativo de los recursos naturales en Patagonia: un estudio preliminar. Informes Técnicos del Plan de Manejo Integrado de la Zona Costera Patagónica 34: 1-29.

CALADO, J.G., RAMOS, J.A., ALMEIDA, A., OLIVEIRA, N. & PAIVA, V.H. 2021. Seabird-fishery interactions and bycatch at multiple gears in the Atlantic Iberian coast. Ocean & Coastal Management 200: 105306. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105306

CHELOTTI, L., DE SOUZA, N. & SANTOS, P.R. 2019. Artisanal fishing discards as birds' food resource in the Southern Brazil. Boletim do Instituto de Pesca 45: e339. doi:10.20950/1678-2305.2019.45.3.339

DELLACASA, R.F. & BRACCINI, J.M. 2016. Adapting to social, economic and ecological dynamics: changes in Argentina's most important marine angling tournament. Fisheries Management and Ecology 23: 330-333.

ECKHARDT, L.A., PETRUCCI, M.P., QUEIROZ, F.F. ET AL. 2012 Acidente com anzol de pesca em Garça-branca-grande (Ardea alba, Linnaeus-1758) na região de Campos dos Goytacazes/RJ-Relato de caso. Revista Portuguesa de Ciências Veterinárias 107: 111-114.

FAVERO, M., COPELLO, S., GARCÍA, G., MARIANO-JELICICH, R., RAVASI, T. & SECO PON, J.P. 2016. Aves marinas de las costas bonaerenses. In: ATHOR, J. & CELSI, C.E. (Eds.) La Costa Atlántica de Buenos Aires - Naturaleza y Patrimonio Cultural. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara.

FAVERO, M. & SILVA RODRÍGUEZ, M.P. 2005. Estado actual y conservación de aves pelágicas que utilizan la plataforma continental argentina como área de alimentación. El Hornero 20: 95-110.

FURNESS, R.W. 2003. Impacts of fisheries on seabird communities. Scientia Marina 67: 33-45.

GOOD, T.P., JUNE, J.A., ETNIER, M.A. & BROADHURST, G. 2009. Ghosts of the Salish Sea: threats to marine birds in Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits from derelict fishing gear. Marine Ornithology 37: 67-76.

HARRISON, P. 1983. Seabirds, An Identification Guide. Boston, USA: Houghton Mifflin.

HONG, S., LEE, J., JANG, Y.C. ET AL. 2013. Impacts of marine debris on wild animals in the coastal area of Korea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 66: 117-124. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.022

HUDDART, D. 2019. Recreational Fishing. In: HUDDART, D. & STOTT, T. (Eds.) Outdoor Recreation: Environmental Impacts and Management. New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

IUCN (INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE) 2019. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-2. [Accessed at https://www.iucnredlist.org on 20 September 2020.]

JIMÉNEZ, S., DOMINGO, A., BRAZEIRO, A., DEFEO, O. & PHILLIPS, R.A. 2015. Marine debris ingestion by albatrosses in the southwest Atlantic Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin 96: 149-154. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.05.034

KOLESNIKOVAS, C.K.M., FERREIRA, E.C., ASSUMPÇÃO, C.C.A. & SERAFINI, P.P. 2021. Unusual mass stranding event of White- chinned Petrels Procellaria aequinoctialis in Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil. Marine Ornithology 49: 183-187.

LASTA, C.A., RUARTE, C.O. & CAROZZA, C.R. 2001 Flota costera Argentina: antecedentes y situación actual. El mar argentino y sus recursos pesqueros 3: 89-106.

LLOMPART, F.M., COULATTI, D.C. & BAIGUN, C.R.M. 2012. Assessment of a major shore-based marine recreational fishery in the southwest Atlantic, Argentina. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 46: 57-70.

LUCIFORA, L.O. 2001. Tiburones y pesca de tiburones en Mar Chiquita. In: IRIBARNE, O. (Ed.) Reserva de Biosfera Mar Chiquita: Características físicas, biológicas y ecológicas. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Martin.

MARTÍNEZ, M.M. 2001. Avifauna de Mar Chiquita. In: IRIBARNE, O. (Ed.) Reserva de Biosfera Mar Chiquita: Características físicas, biológicas y ecológicas. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Martin.

MCPHEE, D.P., LEADBITTER, D. & SKILLETER, G.A. 2002. Swallowing the bait: is recreational fishing in Australia ecologically sustainable? Pacific Conservation Biology 8: 40-51.

PELLEGRINO, J.F. & COUSSEAU, M.B. 2005. La pesca deportiva desde la costa en Mar del Plata: los peces costeros. Mar del Plata, Argentina: El Ente Municipal de Deportes y Recreación, Municipio de General Pueyrredon.

PHILLIPS, R.A., RIDLEY, C., REID, K., PUGH, P.J.A., TUCK, G.N. & HARRISON, N. 2010. Ingestion of fishing gear and entanglements of seabirds: monitoring and implications for management. Biological Conservation 143: 501−512. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.11.020

RAVASI, M.T., SECO PON, J.P., PAZ, J.A., FAVERO, M. & COPELLO S. 2019. Use of winter habitat at an early age: spatial ecology and association with human activities of juvenile Olrog's Gull Larus atlanticus. Bird Conservation International 29: 575-585. doi:10.1017/S0959270919000029

RYAN, P.G. 2018. Entanglement of birds in plastics and other synthetic materials. Marine Pollution Bulletin 135: 159-164.

SECO PON, J.P. & BECHERUCCI, M.E. 2012. Spatial and temporal variations of urban litter in Mar del Plata, the major coastal city of Argentina. Waste Management 32: 343-348. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2011.10.012

SECO PON, J.P., BÓ, M.S., BLOCK, C., GALVÁN, F.E. & GARCÍA, G.O. 2018. Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango) entangled in fishing tackle in southeastern Buenos Aires province, Argentina. Ornitología Neotropical 29: 271-274.

SECO PON, J.P., COPELLO, S., MORETINNI, A. ET AL. 2013. Seabird and marine-mammal attendance and by-catch in semi-industrial trawl fisheries in near-shore waters of northern Argentina. Marine and Freshwater Research 64: 237-248. doi:10.1071/MF12312

SECO PON, J.P. & DENUNCIO, P. 2016. Impacto de los residuos en los ambientes marino-costeros de la República Argentina. In: SECO PON, J.P. (Ed.) Los residuos antropogénicos en la zona marino-costera de Argentina: Una revisión desde un enfoque ecosistémico y socio-cultural. Saarbrücken, Germany: Editorial Académica Española.

STEMPNIEWICZ, L. 1994. Marine birds drowning in fishing nets in the Gulf of Gdańsk (southern Baltic): numbers, species composition, age and sex structure. Ornis Svecica 4: 123-132.

SUÁREZ, N., BERÓN, M.P. & YORIO, P. 2020. Chapter 11: The burrowing crab Neohelice granulata as key prey for the Olrog's Gull Larus atlanticus: A review of its relevance throughout the annual cycle. In: RODRÍGUEZ, E.M. & LUPPI, T.A. (Eds.) Neohelice granulata, A Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans. Volume I, Life History and Ecology. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

TASKER, M.L., CAMPHUYSEN, C.J., COOPER, J., GARTHE, S., MONTEVECCHI, W.A. & BLABER, S.J.M. 2000. The impacts of fishing on marine birds. ICES Journal of Marine Science 57: 531-547.

UNGER, A. & HARRISON, N. 2016. Fisheries as a source of marine debris on beaches in the United Kingdom. Marine Pollution Bulletin 107: 52-58.

YORIO, P., MARINAO, C. & SUÁREZ, N. 2014. Kelp Gulls (Larus dominicanus) killed and injured by discarded monofilament lines at a marine recreational fishery in northern Patagonia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85: 186-189. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.05.052


© Marine Ornithology 2022