NOAA announces draft strategy for reducing bycatch in marine fisheries

February 24, 2016 NOAA Fisheries will release a proposed strategy for reducing and preventing bycatch. Bycatch occurs when fishermen catch animals they don’t want, can’t sell, or aren’t allowed to keep.

In 2005, NOAA Fisheries estimated that bycatch accounted for roughly 17 percent of catch in United States commercial fisheries with relevant data. Since then, NOAA and our partners have worked in multiple ways on multiple fronts to reduce bycatch.

Journalists will learn about NOAA Fisheries’ proposed strategy to reduce bycatch, the agency’s bycatch report to Congress issued last week, and ask questions.

Media teleconference announcing NOAA’s National Bycatch Reduction Strategy
  • brief summary remarks
  • questions and answers
WHEN: Thur., Feb. 25, 12:00 pm EST
  • Richard Merrick, Ph.D., chief scientist, NOAA Fisheries
  • Emily Menashes, deputy director, NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Sustainable Fisheries
  • Lee Benaka, fishery management specialist, NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science and Technology
Call in number: 888-323-9703
Participant code: BYCATCH

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