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Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program

The Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) works to find creative solutions to fishery bycatch challenges.

NOAA Fisheries supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch. Our mission is to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

Funding for Innovative Bycatch Solutions

NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of about $2.3 million for collaborative bycatch reduction projects. 

BREP provides critical funds for investigating problems and developing solutions designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species and reduce bycatch mortality.

Non-federal researchers working to improve fishing practices and develop innovative gear technologies are eligible to apply for funding.

The deadline for pre-proposals is January 20, 2023. Full proposals are due April 3, 2023. 

High-priority areas for Fiscal Year 2023 projects include:

  • Researching new technology
  • Encouraging technology adoption
  • Reducing post-release mortality
  • Avoiding habitat interactions
  • Conducting international research

Review previously funded projects: 



Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Further Reading Laws and Policies: Magnuson-Stevens Act



Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Annual Report to Congress, 2015

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Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Annual Report to Congress, 2013

This report highlights outcomes and management applications of projects funded through the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) in FY 2012.


Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Annual Report to Congress, 2014

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Understanding Bycatch

Fishing operations sometimes result in “bycatch” of non-target species. Learn how NOAA Fisheries is working with partners to reduce bycatch.