Making strides in bycatch reduction
October 10, 2014 —
NOAA Fisheries has developed solutions to some of the top bycatch challenges facing our nation's fisheries. The 2013 Report to Congress highlights 2 projects from the Pacific Northwest led by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, one of which involved the use of illumination to reduce Chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific hake fishery. The other involved the use of a sorting grate to allow Pacific hake to pass through and reduce widow rockfish bycatch by 26 percent.