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Peruvian fishermen to help turtle conservation

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919 days ago   Article ID# 1460694
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Marine Conservation Society

LONDON, U K (Fishnewseu) - The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is currently attempting to help turtles off the coast of South America, through working with the Peruvian anchovy fishery.

A series of conservation training courses are being made available to fishermen as a result of MCS’s direct involvement with the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation’s Responsible Supply standard (IFFO RS).

Correctly identifying and rescuing any turtles encountered in the fishery is just one mission MCS is keen for IFFO RS producers to carry out. To enable fishers to do this MCS has sourced number of turtle identification and resuscitation guides in Spanish, from Peruvian-based marine conservation organisation ProDelphinus, aided by funding from Young’s Seafood’s and distributed via IFFO.

These guides have proved so successful ProDelphinus has been asked to run a conservation training course for local fisherman to further increase their knowledge of these and other protected marine species.

Dawn Purchase, Senior Aquaculture Officer at MCS said: “I am delighted with the success of this project and the spin-off conservation course being run for fishermen. The IFFO RS standard provides a real opportunity to promote change on the water, which is what MCS strives to achieve. Increasing the identification skills and conservation knowledge of these fishermen is a great way of achieving environmental stewardship.”

Andrew Jackson, Technical Director of IFFO says: “MCS has worked closely with us in the development of the IFFO RS standard and we are encouraged that this collaboration is now assisting in training Peruvian fishermen to minimise any effects they might be having on the turtle population. This is clear evidence that the RS standard is working in the way we always hoped it would by developing best practice initiatives amongst businesses involved in the fisheries sector.”

The course aims to provide participating fishers with a background in the basic biology and conservation status of threatened sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals. It highlights what fishers can do to help reduce incidental captures of these species, and detail how to safely handle and release animals that are incidentally captured.

Jeff Mangel of ProDelphinus says: “We are very pleased with how our collaboration with MCS has developed and helped lead to this new, exciting opportunity to reach out to fishermen and promote sustainable fisheries in Peru.”

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