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National Bycatch Reduction Strategy

While U.S. fisheries are among the world’s most sustainable, bycatch is a complex, global issue that threatens the sustainability and resiliency of our fishing communities, economies, and ocean ecosystems.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to minimizing bycatch in U.S. fisheries to ensure our fisheries remain sustainable and protected species are given the best chance to recover.

In coordination with our partners, NOAA Fisheries has developed the National Bycatch Reduction Strategy. The objectives and actions of the strategy build on past successes and guide NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to reduce bycatch and bycatch mortality.

National Bycatch Reduction Strategy (PDF 1.3 MB)