Exploring Solutions for Sea Turtle Bycatch

This Sea Turtle Week, we talk with Barbara Schroeder, National Sea Turtle Coordinator, about bycatch innovations that are helping sea turtles thrive and how we work with fishermen to reduce bycatch.

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A thumbnail image of Dr. Nancy Foster inset into a landscape of a river draining into an ocean. Credit: Douglas Croft. The Little Sur River winds its way into the Pacific. Credit: Douglas Croft.
An angler holds a fish, its mouth open and air bladder inflated from barotrauma. Barotrauma expands gasses in a fish causing the air bladder and other organs to expand as well, making it difficult for fish to swim after release. Credit: NOAA Fisheries, Florida SeaGrant
dam-migration-miss/1280_ANC714BTluY8.png One of the small boats returns to the ship under a rainbow after collecting water samples and deploying instruments around Kure Atoll. Photo: NOAA Fisheries/James Morioka.
Aerial view of construction equipment removing a dam from a stream Removal of Holmes Dam on Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Credit: Hawk Visuals)
NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette off Maui in 2004. NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette off Maui in 2004. Homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette is a multipurpose oceanographic research vessel that conducts fisheries assessments, physical and chemical oceanography research, marine mammal and marine debris surveys. The ship operates throughout the central and western Pacific Ocean. Credit: NOAA/Ray Boland.