Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program - 2016 Awards
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:
- Creation of an enhanced communication network and real-time maps to allow longfin squid fishermen to avoid butterfish "hot spots" and reduce bycatch by 54 percent in the Northeast.
- Development of a modified gill-net in the Mid-Atlantic that reduced sturgeon interactions by 64 percent in Virginia's striped bass fishery.
- Use of LED lights on the West Coast to reduce endangered Columbia River smelt bycatch in the ocean shrimp trawl fishery by 91 percent.
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.
|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|