2011 Report to Congress

Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

Section 316 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended through January 12, 2007, required the Secretary of Commerce, in cooperation with the Councils and other affected interests, and based upon the best scientific information available, to establish a Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP), including grants, to develop technological devices and other conservation engineering changes designed to minimize bycatch, seabird interactions, bycatch mortality, and post-release mortality in Federally managed fisheries. The BREP's first annual Report to Congress was issued in January 2009, and its most recent Report to Congress was issued in February 2011.

What's New? (Last Updated: 7/6/11 )

NOAA Fisheries Publishes Proposed List of Fisheries under the Marine Mammal Protect Act for 2012
Comments must be received by July 28, 2011.

Fisheries Discards in the North Sea: Waste of Resources or a Necessary Evil?This is the Exit Disclaimer icon
This is an article recently published in Reviews in Fisheries Science

NOAA Fisheries Announces Scoping Meetings for New Sea Turtle Regulations for the Shrimp Fishery of the Southeastern United States

Profile of a Scientist Working to Reduce Yellowtail Flounder Bycatch in the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery

Scientists to Observe Gulf Menhaden Fishery for Bycatch Impacts

Scoping Meetings to Identify Ways to Reduce Large Whale Interactions with Trap/Pot and Gillnet Fisheries

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Proposes Regulations to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in American Samoa Fishery
Comments must be received by July 22, 2011.

NOAA Fisheries to Observer Gulf Menhaden Fishery for Bycatch Impacts

NOAA Fisheries Encourages Fishermen to Release Shortfin Mako Sharks Alive

NOAA Fisheries Reducing Bycatch Image Gallery

Newly Expanded Bycatch Reduction Website
This website, sponsored by the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction, includes a searchable database of bycatch reduction studies.

York Times Story Highlights BREP-Funded Research on Weak Hooks This is the Exit Disclaimer icon

2010 Shark Finning Report to Congress

2011 WWF International Smart Gear Competition
The competition will be accepting submissions from March 1 to August 31, 2011.

NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center Underwater Video Camera System Website

NMFS Regional Bycatch Implementation Plan Action Items Updated


Related Sites

Fishery management councils and commissions. NOAA Fisheries relies on a diverse array of partnerships to help reduce fisheries bycatch, and this site contains links to some of our most prominent partners.