Fishing Gear Modifications

Research and development of bycatch reduction devices.

PROJECT AREA: Electromagnetic Deterrents

Devices created to deter sharks through their electrosensory system

Effectiveness of rare earth metals for shark deterrence

Project PI(s):
Steve Kajiura, Florida Atlantic University
Partner(s): John Mandelman, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium


Underwater sound-emitting devices used to deter marine mammals 

Pinger Map with Field Trials

Global portrayal of acoustic deterrent field trials with marine mammals

Project PI(s):
Tim Werner, Bycatch Consortium and NEAq
Partner(s): US National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of International Affairs

Pinger Trials

Reducing Franciscana dolphin bycatch in gillnet fisheries in Argentina

Project PI(s):
Tim Werner, Bycatch Consortium and ACCOL/NEAq; Pablo Bordino, Aquamarina, Argentina
Partner(s): Aquamarina, Argentina

PROJECT AREA: Rope Projects

Experiments with different types of rope to reduce whale entanglements

Colored rope

Whales may see and avoid red rope

Project PI(s):
Scott Kraus
Partner(s): New England Aquarium, Maine Lobstermen's Community Alliance

Stiff Rope

Consortium is testing whether ropes that have greater stiffness or fish under greater tension may be effective for reducing entanglements.

Building an innovative “whale-release” endline for whales and fishermen

Partner(s): Novatec Braids Ltd. , South Shore Lobster Fishermen's Association


Hooks made to be strong enough to retain target catch, but weak enough to straighten and release bycaught whales

Hook Strength

Hook strength and the effects on odontocete tissue

Project PI(s):
William McLellan, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Partner(s): LH Arthur , SD Mallette, SW Thornton, RJ McAlarney