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National Bycatch StrategyNOAA 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.
- Monitor and Estimate: We monitor and estimate the rates of bycatch and bycatch mortality in fisheries to understand the level of impact and the nature of the interaction.
- Research and Development: We conduct and support research to improve estimates of bycatch rates, better understand the impacts of bycatch on species interactions and community dynamics, modify fishing gear, and develop mitigation tools to minimize bycatch and its impacts.
- Implement and Manage: We work with partners to develop and implement domestic management measures and promote the adoption and implementation of international measures to address bycatch and its impacts.
- Evaluate and Improve: We evaluate the effectiveness of science and management programs to determine whether programs achieve stated goals and identify needed improvements.
- Enforce: We enforce fishery management measures and work with state, federal, and international partners to ensure compliance with all applicable laws.
- Communicate: We communicate within the Agency and to stakeholders to maximize the impact of bycatch reduction efforts.
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.
NOAA Fisheries hosted two informational webinars on the draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy.
Download a copy of the webinar presentation.