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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).

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

2014 Call for Proposals

In early 2014, NOAA Fisheries' Office of Sustainable Fisheries accepted applications for the BREP. Approximately $2.5 million could be made available for projects that address bycatch research as identified below:
  • Developing innovative and effective technologies, gear modifications, and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries to reduce bycatch impacts. Proposals that specifically reduce impacts to protected species, highly migratory species, or fish stocks that are overfished or experiencing overfishing are particularly encouraged.
  • Reducing post-release mortality, including barotrauma and predation, in commercial and recreational fisheries including target and non-target species.
  • Determining the degree and nature of interactions, and developing techniques to reduce interactions, between fishing gears and corals, sponges, and other structure-forming invertebrates.

Pre-proposals were due by March 21 with full applications due by April 30, 2014. The application period has closed, technical reviews completed, and applications selected for funding are being finalized.

2013 Grant Awards

In September 2013, NOAA Fisheries awarded 16 grants totaling nearly $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.

 

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

Factsheet

Web story: Oregon C.R.A.B. Project

2011 Report 2010 Report 2009 Report
     
2008 Report