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Effects of changes in fishery discarding rates on seabird communities

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The project provides a detailed study of the impact of changes in discarding rates on seabird communities. This will permit management of fisheries to be designed to minimise adverse impacts on seabird communities, consistent with the stated objective of FAO, ICES and national governments to reduce discarding in order to manage fish stocks for sustainable fisheries. Research into seabird ecology shows that reproductive effort in the breeding season can affect winter survival, and also that winter feeding conditions can influence body condition and hence breeding success in the subsequent summer.