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Better Bycatch Reduction Devices for the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Trawl Fishery

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$17,171,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

This project will restore fish through voluntary programs to reduce finfish bycatch in the commercial shrimp trawl fishery. This project will be implemented in partnership with fishermen and will focus on reducing finfish bycatch through the use of better bycatch reduction devices (BRDs). Project activities include engagement with shrimp fishermen throughout the project, identifying innovative BRDs, validation of BRD effectiveness, use of better BRDs in the commercial shrimp fleet, outreach workshops, and dockside trainings. Reducing bycatch of finfish will increase overall fishery health for important commercial and recreational species. This project will be adaptively managed throughout its seven-year timeframe.

Contact

Stephen Heverly
(301) 427-8626
stephen.heverly@noaa.gov
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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