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Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with NOAA Fishery Management Specialist Lee Benaka

#TacklingBycatch in U.S. Fisheries

How Science Can Reduce Bycatch: 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 works hard to minimize bycatch in U.S. fisheries, ensuring our fisheries remain sustainable and protected species are given their best chance to recover. Learn more about bycatch.

Ask NOAA Fishery Management Specialist Lee Benaka questions about how science and innovative technologies can help reduce bycatch between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST on Monday, February 29th  

Lee Benaka, fishery management specialist for NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology. He's dedicated to reducing bycatch in U.S. fisheries.
 
Reddit AMA Details

Who:
Lee Benaka, Fishery Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology

What: Reddit AskScience "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) - How Science Can Reduce Bycatch

When: Monday, February 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Where:
https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/489xei/science_ama_series_hi_reddit_im_noaa_scientist/
 


Bycatch occurs when fishermen catch and discard animals that they do not want, cannot sell, or are not allowed to keep. Discarded catch represents loss of opportunity for fishermen and too frequently, loss of marine life, which can impact vulnerable ecosystems and slow the rebuilding process for overfished stocks or place protected species at further risk. NOAA Fisheries works with fishermen, scientists, and managers to mitigate the negative effects of bycatch by developing innovative fishing gear and tracking bycatch through regular data collection. Bycatch is an issue that impacts the overall health of our oceans and the sustainability of our seafood industry. If you want to learn more about bycatch and how it can be reduced, this is your chance. 

Ask your questions about bycatch between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on February 29th. We hope to hear from you. 

Click through the slideshow below to view images related to bycatch reduction. 

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