It is extremely stressful for a marine creature to be caught, hauled onto a boat, sorted and then released back into the ocean. Yet, few studies have investigated the physical and physiological implications of the capture process, factors influencing post-capture or post-release mortality. Such research can aid fishery management by determining population status and species resiliency.

Projects

We conduct species-specific investigation into the physiology of bycaught fishes and their post-release survivability. By increasing our understanding of how fishes respond to capture, we  will be able to inform efforts to increase the post-release survival rate of bycaught fishes.

Results and Successes

By collaborating with scientists and commercial, we have increased our understanding of the physiological and survival impacts of accidental capture on non-target fishes. Learn more.