Communication Networks and Mapping Tools to Reduce Bycatch – Phase I
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
The unintentional catch of non-target fish (bycatch) can have substantial biological and economic impacts and prevent or delay the recovery of species injured during the DWH oil spill. This project will reduce bycatch in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico by developing a bycatch hotspot identification system and communication network to avoid bycatch. This phased project will develop a system to create near-real time spatial maps of bycatch hotspots coupled with a communication tool to inform fishermen of the high bycatch potential in those areas. This initial phase will include activities such as conducting scoping workshops to identify fisheries, regions, and ports that would benefit from a bycatch identification system; the development of maps to identify areas of potentially high bycatch; and a workshop to discuss the issues surrounding voluntary communication network to avoid bycatch.