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National Bycatch Strategy

NOAA Fisheries is committed to minimizing bycatch in U.S. fisheries. While we've made great progress, there is more to do. We have developed a draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy, and we want your input.

Efforts to address bycatch fall into six broad program areas.


This draft strategy recognizes that we can be most effective in achieving our goal to reduce bycatch when there is coordination across these program areas, within the agency, and with partners, fishermen, and other stakeholders.

We accepted feedback on the draft strategy until June 3, 2016. 

Comments will be made publicly available.


Public Webinars

NOAA Fisheries hosted two informational webinars on the draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy. 
Download a copy of the webinar presentation.