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Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

NOAA Fisheries’ Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program 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.

$2.5 Million Awarded for Innovative Bycatch Solutions

NOAA Fisheries' has awarded BREP grants to 16 projects designed to reduce bycatch in our nation’s marine fisheries. Approximately $2.5 million was available to fishermen, academics, and other interested groups for projects that offered practical engineering and technological solutions to reduce bycatch.

This year, we were seeking ideas that addressed one or more of these focus areas:

  1. Technological Innovation – Developing effective technologies, gear modifications, and improved fishing practices in recreational and commercial fisheries to reduce bycatch impacts.
  2. Release or Discard Mortality – Understanding and reducing post-release mortality in recreational and commercial fisheries.
  3. Fishing Gear and Corals – Understanding the amount and severity of interactions, and ways to reduce harmful interactions, between fishing gears and corals, sponges, and other structure-forming invertebrates.
  4. International Best Practices – Informing conservation engineering in U.S. fisheries through analyses or research of international bycatch practices.

Past BREP-funded projects have:

For more information contact Derek Orner, National Bycatch Coordinator.

2013 Report to Congress

The 2013 BREP Report to Congress highlights outcomes and management applications of projects funded with $2.44 million in FY 2012 in four priority areas: reducing protected species bycatch, reducing post-release mortality, improving fishing practices, and developing innovative technologies. Download the report, or read more about how these innovative projects are helping find ways to reduce bycatch.

2013 Report to Congress

Read more about BREP projects


Past BREP Reports to Congress

2012 BREP Report to Congress 2011 BREP Report to Congress 2010 BREP Report to Congress 2009 BREP Report to Congress
2012 Report


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2011 Report 2010 Report 2009 Report
2008 Report