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2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Awards

More than $2.3 million will go to partners to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects.
August 15, 2018 - Feature Story ,
first ever loggerhead turtle tagged

Meet National Electronic Technologies Coordinator Brett Alger

We are working with fishermen, the regional fishery management councils, and other partners to integrate technology into data collections and observations to improve the timeliness, quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of fishery-dependent data. ...
July 16, 2018 - Feature Story ,
NOAA Fisheries National Electronic Technologies Coordinator Brett Alger.

New Oceanographic Insight Pinpoints Marine ‘Hotspots of Risk’

Real-time tracking of eddies and currents could help fishermen avoid protected species
June 26, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Steller sea lions. Photo Credit: Steve Woods.

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time

Learn more about EcoCast—a dynamic ocean management tool that aims to minimize fisheries bycatch and maximize fisheries target catch in near real time.
May 31, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Swordfish. Credit: Shutterstock/Joe Flynn.

NOAA and Partners Are Helping Restore Tuna and Swordfish in the Gulf after Deepwater Horizon

Small group of pelagic longline fishing vessel owners will take a six-month voluntary repose, can continue to fish with alternative gear, improving populations and supporting supply chains.
January 08, 2018 - Feature Story ,

Implementing Electronic Monitoring in Alaska Fisheries

Camera view of skate bycatch on halibut fishing vessel. Credit: NOAA. Electronic monitoring involves the use of cameras or other electronic systems on fishing vessels to collect catch data and ensure that vessels comply with current regulations. Since...
November 10, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Camera view of skate bycatch on halibut fishing vessel.

2017 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Awards

NOAA Fisheries has awarded more than $2.3 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...
August 29, 2017 - Feature Story ,

Revealing the Unknowns of an Unusual Catch

An observer brought in an unusual, unidentified shark that was caught on a longline. Find out what scientists learned from it.
March 21, 2017 - Feature Story ,
A shark tail with a tag attached.

Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Final Rule

Final rule to implement a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery.
January 18, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Inspecting a turtle excluder device

The Cost of Saving Sea Turtles from Gillnets

In small-scale fisheries around the world, gillnets are helping individual fishermen put food on the table day in and day out. But at the same time, this non-selective fishing gear is inadvertently catching — and at times killing — large numbers of unintended...
April 26, 2016 - Feature Story ,
Green LED sticks illuminating.