The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction brings together experts in marine biology, engineering and fishing to identify practical solutions for reducing bycatch. Together, we are working to better understand and communicate how endangered non-target species interact with commercial and recreational fishing gear and operations.

Understanding interactions between threatened non-target species and fishing operations

The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction is working on research to understand the nature of interactions between endangered non-target species and fishing operations primarily in the northwest Atlantic. These studies have focused on loggerhead sea turtles, pilot whales and the North Atlantic right whale.

Research and development of bycatch reduction approaches

Collaborative research is also underway to develop new and innovative fishing devices and methods that reduce bycatch of sea turtles and large whales in the Northwest Atlantic.

Bycatch Reduction Database

The Consortium developed the Bycatch Reduction Database to facilitate information sharing between scientists, fishermen and fisheries managers.

Annual Meetings

The Consortium gathers annually to share research findings and encourage innovation in bycatch reduction research. Past meetings have included papers or presentations on invertebrate bycatch, sea turtle interactions with fishing gear and the use of pingers to reduce dolphin and porpoise bycatch in gillnets.

Results and Successes

By supporting innovative thinking, research and information-sharing across the commercial fishing industry, we have encouraged the development of new fishing gear and practices that aim to reduce the risk of bycatch to non-targeted species.