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NOAA Fisheries Awards More than $2.3 Million to 14 Projects under the 2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program

Four of the projects awarded are in the Greater Atlantic Region

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce that we have awarded more than $2.3 million to 14 projects under our 2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

This year’s projects focus on a variety of priority bycatch issues related to salmon, right whales, sharks, and New England groundfish. Four of the projects awarded are in the Greater Atlantic Region.

Duke University
Testing the applicability of sensory-based bycatch reduction technologies to reduce sea turtle bycatch in North Carolina coastal gillnet and pound net fisheries.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Creating a bycatch avoidance tool for cod in the Gulf of Maine recreational fishery

New England Aquarium (2 awards)

NOAA Fisheries’ Bycatch Reduction and Engineering Program has resulted in innovative technological solutions to some of the nation’s top bycatch challenges by supporting research that involves fishermen. This is the 11th year of the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. NOAA Fisheries is proud to continue to partner with fishery managers, the fishing industry, and the environmental community to avoid and minimize bycatch. Visit our website to learn more about the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Questions? Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, at 978-281-9103