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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.  Electronic monitoring has clear potential...
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 2000, Alaska has been at the forefront of...
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 have significant biological, economic, and social...
August 29, 2017 / Feature Story /

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

U.S. Fishermen Get Cameras To Track Bycatch

Fleet-wide electronic monitoring system counts incidental catch of Atlantic bluefin tuna.
September 16, 2015 / Feature Story /

The Bycatch You Can't See

Researchers tackle unseen crab mortality in Alaskan groundfish fisheries, win best paper award.
July 28, 2014 / Feature Story /
Woman holding giant red king crab.