Tackling Bycatch in U.S. Fisheries

[music and rushing water] [music] Narrator: U.S. fisheries are among the largest and most sustainable fisheries in the world. But when you’re fishing in the ocean, it’s impossible to catch only those animals you want. Sometimes you bring up other critters like jellyfish or seastars, or species of fish that are unwanted or can’t be sold. Other times, these animals are illegal to keep like protected dolphins, turtles, out-of-season fish, or even sea birds. Collectively, this is known as bycatch. The amount of bycatch varies widely by fishery and type of fishing gear. Where it’s a problem, it creates waste in commercial and recreational fisheries, which makes some fisheries less sustainable and can affect jobs. It can also have untended consequences like impeding the recovery of protected species that get caught or entangled in fishing gear. The bottom line is that we need to tackle bycatch. And NOAA Fisheries and our partners are working on innovative ways to avoid it such as developing and promoting gear designs that exclude non-targeted species, monitoring bycatch hotspots to help fishermen steer clear, and educating anglers on how to safely release their unwanted catch. Together, we’re working to get bycatch back into the sea where it belongs. It’s why the U.S. is a global leader in sustainability and U.S.-caught seafood is a smart choice. Find out more about how we’re addressing bycatch at fisheries.noaa.gov.

local_offerevent_note September 25, 2019

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