U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2015
The goal of the Pelagic Longline (PLL) Bycatch Reduction Project is to restore pelagic (open-ocean) fish. Many species of pelagic fish were likely exposed to oil and dispersants that were released during the Deepwater Horizon spill and response. The project aims to reduce bycatch by compensating fishers in the Gulf for voluntarily refraining from PLL fishing for a six-month period each year. The project will also provide participating fishermen with two alternative types of gear which are less likely to impact non-target species. Fishers participating in the repose will use the alternative gears to continue harvesting yellowfin tuna and swordfish during the repose period. The project includes a monitoring plan that will use fishery observers, vessel logbooks, and vessel monitoring systems has been developed to assess the benefits of the project.