NOAA Fisheries has awarded $2.3 million to partners around the country to support 13 research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.
Bycatch is catch—of fish, marine mammals, or turtles—that fishermen do not want, cannot sell, or are not allowed to keep. It can have significant biological, economic, and social impacts. Preventing and reducing bycatch is a shared goal of fisheries managers, the fishing industry, and the environmental community.
Working side by side with fishermen on their boats, we’ve developed solutions to some of the top bycatch challenges facing our nation’s fisheries.
Examples of past projects include:
- Development of a ropeless, remotely deployed lobster trap system to reduce whale entanglements and enable the New England trap fishing industry to remain open
- Investigation of artificial baits to reduce bycatch of protected species, including oceanic whitetip sharks, while maintaining target catch rates of tuna and swordfish in Hawai’i