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Net Illumination Reduces Fisheries Bycatch, Maintains Catch Value, and Increases Operational Efficiency

We study how illuminating gillnets decreases bycatch and economizes resources for small-scale coastal gillnet fisheries.
January 20, 2022 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,
Image of illuminated gillnet with graph comparisons of bycatch. See publication for detailed description of data presented.

Hawaiʻi Shallow-set Longline Fishery Interactions with Leatherback Sea Turtles

A summary of current and historical fishery interactions with leatherback sea turtles. Updated on January 12, 2021.

Longline Pot Gear for the Gulf of Alaska IFQ Sablefish Fishery: Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of regulations governing the use of longline pot gear in the sablefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This Small Entity Compliance Guide satisfies the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996…

Seabird Bycatch Estimates for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries: 2020

Annual update of estimates of seabirds caught as bycatch in commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries operating in Federal waters off Alaska
October 05, 2021 - Technical Memo ,

SWFSC Stranding Investigations

Investigating trends in marine mammals strandings

Seafood Bycatch Donation Relieves Hunger And Reduces Waste

A cooperative Alaska program takes an innovative approach to the global problem of unwanted fish catch.
October 30, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Photo of trawler F/V Commodore hauling in pollock catch in the Eastern Bering Sea. The F/V Commodore fishing for pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea. Credit: Brent Paine/United Catcher Boats.

Bycatch Reduction Device Pictures

Graphic representations of bycatch reduction devices required for use in shrimp trawls fished shoreward of the 100-fathom (183-meter) depth contour in the Gulf of Mexico, and within the EEZ of the South Atlantic region.

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Test an Experimental Shrimp Trawl Bycatch Reduction Device in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters

FB19-031 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin, For More Information, Contact; Frank Helies, 727-824-5305,
June 03, 2019 -

Frequently Asked Questions: Release Protocols for Endangered Species Act-Listed Sea Turtles and Smalltooth Sawfish

Protocol for Federally-Permitted Commercial and For-hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fisheries. Updated 01/2020

Approved Models and Equipment for Careful Release of Sea Turtles Caught in Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery and South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery

Information to help fishermen comply with sea turtle release requirements contained in regulations published in the Federal Register [84 FR 22383] on May 17, 2019 for the Gulf of Mexico, and [84 FR 67236] on December 9, 2019 for the South Atlantic.
May 21, 2019 -