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Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program - 2016 Awards

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August 31, 2016

NOAA Fisheries has awarded more than $2.4 million to partners around the country to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Bycatch of various species--fish, marine mammals, or turtles--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, NOAA Fisheries has developed solutions to some of the top bycatch challenges facing our nation's fisheries.

Ongoing regional projects include:

2016 Award Recipients

The newly-awarded projects support bycatch reduction research around the country and address a variety of species, including Chinook salmon, Pacific rockfish, shrimp, swordfish, halibut, coastal sharks, skates, sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals.

Check out 2016 project abstracts here!

APPLICANT PROJECT TITLE
Gettysburg College Can you hear me now? Development of acoustic deterrent devices to reduce sea turtle bycatch in fisheries
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Cold-water corals in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Diversity, age, condition, and fishing impacts.
SUBMON Assessing the occurrence and severity of decompression sickness in marine turtles incidentally captured by trawl fisheries
University of New England Determining the discard mortality rate of Barndoor Skates in existing non-directed gillnet fisheries II: Implications for the development of new and sustainable skate seafood markets
Texas A&M Refining rapid recompression techniques in Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper using a unique acoustic telemetry approach
University of Rhode Island The Skarimbas Flatfish Deflector: Excluding Flatfish from Scallop Dredges in the Northeast
HT Harvey and Associates Proposal to Describe Characteristics of Fixed Gear in the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Artificial light: Its effect on the overall escapement of Chinook salmon out a bycatch reduction device
University of New Hampshire An innovative approach to bycatch reduction in the mouth of a trawl gear
Cascadia False killer whale movements in relation to longline fishing activity: assessment of interactions using satellite tag and fisheries data to develop best practices to reduce bycatch
University of Hawaii The effects of handling on post-release mortality of shark bycatch in longline fisheries: Identifying "best practices" and improving survival rates
University of North Carolina - Wilmington Assessment of fisheries interactions and post-interaction mortality for East Pacific leatherback turtles at foraging grounds off the coasts of Central and South America
Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research Assessing catch and release mortality and depth distribution of bigeye thresher sharks caught in the west coast deep-set buoy fishery
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Addressing marine mammal entanglement in the West Coast commercial dungeness crab fishery.
Mote Marine Laboratory Bringing large sample sizes to the study of post-release mortality in highly migratory species
University of Maryland - Center for Environmental Science and University of California at Santa Cruz El Nino Watch revised - An improved index for reducing loggerhead turtle bycatch in the California current.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Marine Program Southern New England Yellowtail Flounder Avoidance Network