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NOAA Releases Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy for Comment

Recently, we released a draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy for your review and comment.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to reducing bycatch in U.S. fisheries to ensure our fisheries remain sustainable and protected species are given their best chance to recover.

We created the strategy to better align our resources and authorities to track and minimize bycatch by encouraging cooperation and innovation. This draft was informed by the many groups and individuals who provided feedback during the scoping period this past summer.

You are invited to join us for either of two informational webinars on March 1 and March 2. You will find the draft strategy and other helpful materials that explain more about NOAA Fisheries' role in reducing bycatch on our website

The comment period is open through June 3. Please submit your comments via email to

We welcome your feedback and ideas for improving the policy.