The purpose of this contract is to provide 16 professional Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) to the Falkland Islands Loligo Fishing fleet. The MMO principal duty consists of carrying out observations on pinniped interactions with fishing gear, including bycatch and mortalities, and the performance of the mitigation methods employed. Secondary MMO activities include to sampling Loligo catches and toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) bycatch on a daily basis for biometrics, bird scaring lines performance, including registering and retaining any seabird bycatch for delivery to FIFD.

Name of Client

Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

Project Dates



Falkland Islands