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Funding Available for Innovative Bycatch Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 6, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the NOAA Fisheries  Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP). 

Pre-proposals are due by February 10 with full applications due by March 31, 2017.

NOAA Fisheries’ Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch. Our mission is to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

Projects must address bycatch research priorities by:

  • Developing innovative and effective technologies, gear modifications, avoidance programs, and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries to reduce bycatch impacts.
  • Improving understanding and reduction of post-release and other indirect mortality, including barotrauma, predation, and unaccounted mortality associated with commercial and recreational fisheries including target and non-target species. Proposals addressing this priority may, but are not limited to, projects that specifically test descending devices to increase functionality and ease of use, as well as proposals that identify high priority release and discard mortality needs and provide baseline information (e.g., depth of capture, effects of air exposure, gear type, temperature) for important discarded species (in particular, but not limited to red snapper, Atlantic cod, striped marlin, etc.).
  • Developing techniques to reduce interactions, between fishing gears and corals, sponges, and other structure-forming invertebrates. 
  • Conducting comprehensive international bycatch analyses or research which will inform conservation engineering in U.S. fisheries.

For further information about BREP and how to apply, please visit the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program website.

You can download the application package and apply directly.

Questions? Contact Erin Wilkinson, National Bycatch Program Coordinator at erin.wilkinson@noaa.gov.