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Find references and summaries from bycatch reduction studies, and descriptions of bycatch mitigation techniques.


Research Programs

Fishing Gear Modifications

Research and development of bycatch reduction devices.

Fishery Animal Interactions

Understanding interactions between non-target species and fishing operations

Global Bycatch Exchange

Facilitating a global exchange of information on bycatch and bycatch reduction

Latest News

A recent article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered proposed measures by the Canadian Government to mitigate deaths to right whales from fishing gear entanglement. In the aticle, Consortium Director Tim Werner discussed the propospect of ropeless fishing, in which surface lines and buoys might be submerged near the seafloor with crab, lobster, or fish traps to reduce entanglement risk. 

To protect right whales, scientists propose major changes for lobstermen - ropeless fishing

Featured Bycatch Species

Loggerhead Turtle

The main cause of the decline of loggerhead turtles, and the current primary threat to global populations is bycatch in longlines, gillnets, trawls, traps and pots, and dredges.

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