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Bycatch-NOAA Fisheries Feature
Government site offers detailed reports on U.S. bycatch and related research and regulatory actions issued by Fisheries Management Councils, National Marine Fisheries Service, ByCatch Reduction Task Force, and some international agencies. Download documents on: recent rulings; research for monitoring and reducing bycatch; regulatory actions to monitor and decrease bycatch. Site also includes reports and biological opinions for marine mammal, seabird, sea turtle and fish species impacted.
Grade Level: High school

Environmental Justice Foundation - Bycatch Reduction
Environmental Justice describes its campaign to reduce fishery impacts on non-target species of marine life. This environmental advocacy organization provides background about global bycatch and its impact of natural resources. Topics covered include: a definition/description of bycatch; why it occurs; why it's a problem for fisheries stocks. Case studies, possible solutions, references and more are presented in this comprehensive introductory site.
Grade Level: General public, High school

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch Issues-Bycatch
An introduction to global fishery bycatch issues and impacts. Presents statistics and examples of species, fisheries and fishing gear involved in the bycatch problem. Provides examples of fishery methods that reduce bycatch, and describes management policies that could help. Promotes consumer pressure as a means to raise awareness and influence bycatch policies and practices.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

A Global Assessment of Fisheries Bycatch and Discards
A technical report summarizing hundreds of research papers on this global issue. Offers definitions and presents bycatch by gear type, target species and fishing area. Includes overviews of biological and ecological, economic, and social/cultural impacts of the practice. Provides data and case studies by region and fishery, and proposes possible solutions.
Grade Level: General public, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

International Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Plan
Official US statement acknowledging the need to quantify sea turtle bycatch and seek solutions to reduce incidental capture. Fishing gear modifications are recommended as an alternative to fishery closures. Plans for data collection and information sharing on effects of fishing gear, especially long lines, are outlined. Calls for regional and international cooperation in monitoring the effects of sea turtle bycatch on turtle populations.
Grade Level: High school, Graduate or professional

Ghostbusting in the Chesapeake
Even when crab pots are lost or abandoned at sea, they continue to catch animals. The unintended victims of the pots typically cannot escape, and are trapped until they die. This bycatch can include crabs, fish, diving birds and turtles. The pots or other gear will continue to fish until, after many years on the sea floor, they finally decay. Through a special program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, scientists are working with watermen to collect derelict, or "ghost," crab pots and fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned. Students will explore catch data collected by the watermen from the ghost pots.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

Bridge DATA - Off the Hook
Explore bycatch issues and various reduction strategies using data from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

New England Fishery Management Council
The NEFMC is one of eight regional councils established by Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976. The NEFMC manages fishery resources within the federal 200-mile limit off the coasts of the New England states. The site features fishery management plans for all New England commercially fished species, including scallops, monkfish, dogfish, skates, the Atlantic salmon, and several others. The site also includes information on bycatch and habitat and ecosystem protection.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for management of fisheries in federal waters which occur predominantly off the mid-Atlantic coast. Fishery management plans are available for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, dogfish, surf clam and ocean quahog, and many other commercially important species of the region. Additional information on the MAFMC is also available.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Bridge DATA - Ghostbusting the Chesapeake
Even when crab pots are lost or abandoned at sea, they continue to catch animals. The unintended victims of the pots typically cannot escape, and are trapped until they die. Through a special program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, scientists are working with watermen to collect derelict, or “ghost,” crab pots and fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned. Students will explore catch data collected by the watermen from the ghost pots.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school


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