Bycatch Reduction in U.S. Fisheries
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
- Permit to Authorize Incidental Take in West Coast Fisheries
- Final Rule to Implement Framework Adjustment 26 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP, which includes measures to protect flatfish and sea turtles
- Proposed Rule to Amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan--comments due by April 20
- Final Rule Amending the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan, which would affect offshore Virginia pound nets
- Final Rule to Implement Amendment 97 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, which is designed to reduce salmon bycatch
- Final Rule to Implement Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Area, which is designed to reduce blue king crab bycatch
- LED Lights Shown to Reduce Eulachon Bycatch
- Final Rule to Amend Regulations Implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan