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NOAA Requests Input on Bycatch Reduction Strategy

NOAA Fisheries has released a draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy for public review and comment.


NOAA Fisheries created the strategy to better align their resources and authorities to track and minimize bycatch by encouraging cooperation and innovation. The draft was informed by the many groups and individuals who provided feedback during the scoping period this past summer.

In conjunction with this release, NOAA Fisheries will present a series of informational webinars open to the public. The dates and times for the webinars, in addition to information on registering, are included here.

Efforts to address bycatch fall into six broad program areas.
Monitor and Estimate: NOAA monitors and estimates the rates of bycatch and bycatch mortality in fisheries to understand the level of impact and the nature of the interaction.
Research and Development: NOAA conducts and supports research to improve estimates of bycatch rates, better understand the impacts of bycatch on species interactions and community dynamics, modify fishing gear, and develop mitigation tools to minimize bycatch and its impacts.
Implement and Manage: NOAA works with partners to develop and implement domestic management measures and promote the adoption and implementation of international measures to address bycatch and its impacts.
Evaluate and Improve: NOAA evaluates the effectiveness of science and management programs to determine whether programs achieve stated goals and identify needed improvements.
Enforce: NOAA enforces fishery management measures and work with state, federal, and international partners to ensure compliance with all applicable laws.
Communicate: NOAA communicates within the Agency and to stakeholders to maximize the impact of bycatch reduction efforts.

Submit comments on the draft via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 June 2016.

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