Beginning in 2002, several regional fisheries management organizations, or RFMOs, adopted and updated measures to reduce incidental seabird bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries.
The following reports from BirdLife International detail the distribution of seabirds and how RFMOs can protect them:
Regional fishery management organizations have adopted binding conservation and management measures to reduce seabird bycatch. Below are links to the most recent versions of measures (sorted by organization), as well as links to older measures that have been superseded and relevant non-binding measures.
2012 Resolution 12/06 on Reducing Incidental Bycatch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries (effective July 1, 2014).
2011 Resolution C-11-02 to Mitigate the Impact on Seabirds of Fishing for Species Covered by the IATTC.
2012 Conservation Measure 25/12 on Reducing Incidental Bycatch of Seabirds in the SEAFO Convention Area.
2014 Conservation and Management Measure 2.04 for Minimizing Bycatch of Seabirds in the SPRFMO Convention Area.
*Regional fishery management councils of which the United States is a member. The United States played a significant role in getting these RFMOs to adopt international binding measures to reduce seabird bycatch in international waters.