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Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

The mission of the BREP is to develop technological solutions and investigate changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish (including sponges and deep sea and shallow, tropical corals) and protected species (including marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles) as well as minimize bycatch injury and mortality (including post-release injury and mortality).

2014 Grant Awards

In September 2014, NOAA Fisheries awarded 22 grants totaling more than $2.4 million under the BREP. The grants support key partners in the research and development of innovative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries. Read more.

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