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
Reducing Porpoise Bycatch in the Gillnet Fishery with Acoustic Pingers
During the 1990s, our researchers began the investigate the use of acoustic pingers as a bycatch reduction device in the gillnet fishery. We proved that these pingers reduced the bycatch of harbor porpoises in gillnets by an order of magnitude. These results eventually led to the mandated use of pingers in a number of gillnet fisheries in the US and the technique has spread to other fisheries around the world. It also highlighted the monumental gains in bycatch reduction that could be achieved by having science and industry working in partnership.
The Consortium developed the Bycatch Reduction Database to facilitate information sharing between scientists, fishermen and fisheries managers.