Bycatch Science and Management
NOAA Fisheries is strongly committed to reducing bycatch in U.S. fisheries. We actively monitor bycatch levels in U.S. fisheries through fisheries observers and electronic technologies. We also work directly with fishermen to develop selective fishing gears and practices to minimize bycatch.
NOAA Fisheries implements regulations with regional fishery management councils as well as other stakeholders to minimize bycatch and reduce protected species interactions with fishing gear. NOAA Fisheries also carries out observer programs in each of its regions.
This website will highlight NOAA Fisheries' bycatch estimation and data products, and how these estimation and data products affect stock assessment and management efforts.
Photos courtesy of Robert Hannah, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Carwyn Hammond, NOAA Fisheries; and Mark Lomelli, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Bycatch Science and
- Final Rule to Implement Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which would establish conditions for evaluating the marine mammal conservation programs of countries that export fish products to the United States
- Proposed Rule to Modify Black Sea Bass Pot Regulations Designed to Reduce Marine Mammal Interactions (comment period ends September 12, 2016)
- Proposed Rule to Modify the Commercial Retention Limits for Blacknose Sharks and Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks, which is designed to reduce discards (comment period ends September 20, 2016)
- Reopening of Public Comment Period for Bycatch Management Program for Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries (comment period ends September 26, 2016)
- 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program Accepting Pre-Proposals for Bycatch Reduction Projects and Other Projects (deadline is September 20, 2016)