Better Bycatch Reduction Devices for the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Trawl Fishery
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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.