First records of the megamouth shark Megachasma pelagios (Taylor, Compagno & Struhsaker, 1983) as bycatch in Peruvian small-scale net fisheries

Nicolas Acuña-Perales, Francisco Córdova-Zavaleta, Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto, Jeffrey C. Mangel

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Abstract

Between October 2018 and October 2019, seven megamouth sharks were reported as bycatch in the small-scale surface and midwater gillnet fisheries operating from the ports of Mancora and Salaverry in northern Peru. Here we present details of these specimens and bycatch events that represent the first documented records of this species in Peruvian waters, confirming their occurrence as fisheries bycatch. We recommend continued monitoring programs in small-scale fisheries toward assessing the extent of this species’ occurrence in Peru and its vulnerability to fishery interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalMarine Biodiversity Records
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Eastern Pacific Ocean
  • Elasmobranchii
  • Gillnets
  • Lamniformes
  • Northern Peru

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