The Conservation Services Programme (CSP) monitors the impact of commercial fishing on protected species, studies species populations and looks at ways to limit bycatch.

Protected marine species include all marine mammals and reptiles; sea birds (except black backed gulls); seven species of fish; all black corals, gorgonian corals, stony corals and hydrocorals.

Direct commercial fishing impacts include species being caught, killed or injured in nets or on lines (bycatch). Impacts may also be indirect through the modification of habitat or food availability.

Have your say on the CSP Annual Plan plan for 2015/16. It contains the research proposals that will be subject to cost recovery from the commercial fishing industry. Submissions close 17 April 2015 at 5 pm.

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