Sea Turtle mitigation requirements for purse seine vessels
5. CCMs with purse seine vessels that fish for species covered by the Convention shall: a. Ensure that operators of such vessels, while fishing in the Convention Area: i. To the extent practicable, avoid encirclement of sea turtles, and if a sea turtle is encircled or entangled, take practicable measures to safely release the turtle. ii. To the extent practicable, release all sea turtles observed entangled in fish aggregating devices (FADs) or other fishing gear. iii. If a sea turtle is entangled in the net, stop net roll as soon as the turtle comes out of the water; disentangle the turtle without injuring it before resuming the net roll; and to the extent practicable, assist the recovery of the turtle before returning it to the water. iv. Carry and employ dip nets, when appropriate, to handle turtles.
Mitigating impacts of fishing on species of special interest