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National Bycatch Program

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Bycatch can have significant social, environmental, and economic impacts. As part of our 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 is now closed. We will announce the grant recipients later this year.
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Bycatch in the News

This is the Exit Disclaimer icon Fisheries Innovation Fund 2015 Request for Proposals, which includes a bycatch reduction priority
NOAA Announces Funding through the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program for 2014-2015
This is the Exit Disclaimer icon Fishery research: A squid that a shark won't eat
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.
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.
Final Rule to Enhance Requirements to Support Use of the Dolphin-Safe Label on Tuna Products