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.
Fish Release Mortality Science
- OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT through December 18th | DRAFT Action Plan for Fish Release Mortality Science
- Fisheries Release Mortality: Identifying, Prioritizing, and Resolving Data Gaps
Bycatch Science and
- Article: Foraging Strategies of Laysan Albatross Inferred from Stable Isotopes
- NOAA Completes Review of Mexico Sea Turtle Bycatch Program
- 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
- Permit to Authorize Incidental Take in West Coast Fisheries