Evaluating Alternative Fishing Gear to Reduce Bluefin Tuna Bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
NFWF Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Monitoring and Observations
This cooperative fisheries research project will use five current commercial fishing vessels in three locations around the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico to evaluate green stick and swordfish buoy gears as potential environmentally-friendly alternatives to the current pelagic longline fishery, potentially maximizing net economic returns in local waters while reducing bycatch of depleted species such as bluefin tuna.