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
- 2016-2017 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program Request for Proposals, which includes priorities related to bycatch and discard mortality
- 2016-2018 Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside Program Request for Proposals, which includes priorities related to bycatch and electronic monitoring
- Article: Foraging Strategies of Laysan Albatross Inferred from Stable Isotopes
- Proposed Rule to Implement Framework Adjustment 4 to the Atlantic Herring FMP, which would further enhance catch monitoring and address discarding in the herring fishery
- NOAA Completes Review of Mexico Sea Turtle Bycatch Program
- Proposed Rule to Implement Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
- Final Rule to Implement Framework Adjustment 9 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP, which address slippage
- NOAA Fisheries Protects Deep-Sea Corals from Fishing Impacts
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS for a Bycatch Management Program for Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries
- 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
- 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