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Table 1 Bycatch reports of Megachasma pelagios from October 2018 to October 2019 in northern Peru

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

Animal Capture date Capture location Fishing gear & target species Specimen data
Latitude Longitude Nearest Port Distance to coast (km) Ocean depth (m) Net type Stretched mesh (in) Target species Total Length (cm) Sex Condition Fate
MP-1 13-Oct-18 05°10.000 S 81°43.000 W Paita 58 3368 Surface gillnet 7 ¼ Sharks > 500 Alive Released
MP-2 03-Mar-19 03°59.300 S 81°34.500 W Mancora 48 2593 Surface gillnet 7 Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) 470 Alive Released
MP-3 24-Jun-19 08°22.500 S 79°18.000 W Salaverry 37 66 Midwater gillnet 14 Eagle rays (Myliobatis sp.) 215 Dead Discarded
MP-4 04-Aug-19 06°55.667 S 81°32.832 W San Jose 75 5778 Surface gillnet 8 Smooth hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna zygaena), blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and eagle rays (Myliobatis sp.) 375 Male Alive Released
MP-5 07-Aug-19 06°53.462 S 81°29.625 W San Jose 99 5184 Surface gillnet 8 Smooth hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna zygaena), blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and eagle rays (Myliobatis sp.) 400 Male Alive Released
MP-6 14-Oct-19 05°30.200 S 81°17.200 W Paita 29 275 Surface gillnet 7 Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) > 400 Male Alive Released
MP-7 16-Oct-19 04°53.200 S 81°38.100 W Paita 41 2932 Surface gillnet 7 Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) > 400 Male Alive Released