Dear MARMAM community,

We are delighted to announce the publication of our paper in *Ethics In
Science And Environmental Politics*

Pardalou A, Tsikliras AC (2018) Anecdotal information on dolphin-fisheries
interactions based on empirical knowledge of fishers in the northeastern
Mediterranean Sea. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 18:1-8 doi:10.3354/esep00179

Anecdotal information provided by local fishers is an invaluable tool in
the study of marine mammal−fisheries interactions. This paper summarizes
empirical and anecdotal information voluntarily provided by fishers during
a survey monitoring the damage to coastal fisheries caused by dolphins. We
visited 23 fishing harbours along the northern Aegean Sea coastline and
monitored the fishing gear of 113 coastal fishers in order to identify the
damage caused by dolphins. While we were monitoring the damage, the fishers
voluntarily shared their general views on marine mammals and fisheries
interactions, which were recorded and are presented here. The majority of
fishers indicated that fishing gear, mesh size, depth and target species
were important factors that determine depredation frequency and gear
damage, whereas soaking time, time of day and season were not considered
crucial. These findings provide useful insight in the study of
dolphin−fishery interactions, especially for data-poor areas such as the
northeastern Mediterranean Sea. The empirical knowledge of the fishers and
their views is also important from an ethical perspective because,
historically, dolphins in the Mediterranean had been culled and hunted for
bounties for many years; even today, occasional deliberate dolphin killings
are still recorded. Such information is required in the design of any
management strategy that aims to minimize the conflicts with dolphins, thus
preserving the fishers’ livelihood.

The paper is open access and freely available at:

Androniki Pardalou
PhD student, Fisheries Biology
Laboratory of Ichthyology
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
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