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National Bycatch Program

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Bycatch can have significant social, environmental, and economic impacts. As part of its National Bycatch Strategy, NOAA Fisheries is committed to implementing conservation and management measures for living marine resources that will minimize, to the extent practicable, bycatch and the mortality of bycatch that cannot be avoided.

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The application period for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program has closed. NOAA Fisheries is currently conducting a technical review of the submitted proposals.
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Bycatch in the News

06/23/2014
This is the Exit Disclaimer icon World Wildlife Fund's 2014 International Smart Gear Competition This competition, which receives funding from NOAA, is aimed at developing innovative solutions to reduce bycatch.
01/14/2014
Proposed Rule for 2014 Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Specifications This rule is designed to minimize bycatch and bycatch mortality of river herring and shad in the mackerel fishery. Public comments must be received by February 10, 2014.
08/07/2013
Final Rule to Enhance Requirements to Support Use of the Dolphin-Safe Label on Tuna Products
08/07/2013
Proposed Rule to Amend Regulations Implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Comments on this rule must be submitted by September 16, 2013.
08/07/2013
NOAA Announces Partial Approval of Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan This amendment was developed to improve monitoring and address bycatch issues in the fishery.
08/07/2013
Notice of a Draft EIS to Amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan The public comment period closes September 13, 2013.