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CIRCLE HOOK PROGRAM

Recent studies show that the use of circle-shaped hooks instead of the traditionally used J-shaped hooks can significantly reduce the bycatch of turtles in longline fisheries. Whereas the use of a J hook increases gut hooking, research show that the shape and point of the circle hook is designed to prevent deep-hooking and to only hook in the corner of an animal's mouth; thus making it easier to remove. Circle hook also decreases deep hooking as they are less likely to be swallowed by turtles. When ingested J-shaped hooks can cause suffocation or internal bleeding.

As part of our sustainability efforts, Sea Delight is both committed to supporting circle hook trial programs with our suppliers, as well as providing adequate training and tools for proper handling and release of turtles accidentally hooked. The use of circle hooks is a tool which helps improve responsible fishing practices while significantly reducing incidental catch (bycatch) of marine turtles without impacting fishing activity.

For more information please visit: http://bycatch.org/news/circle_hook

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