Minimize Bycatch

Minimize Bycatch

The unintended catch of nontarget fish and other wildlife—which are often discarded dead or dying—is known as bycatch and is a persistent problem for fishery managers. Bycatch represents a massive waste of U.S. ocean resources.

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Pew Recommends NOAA Withdraw Proposed Bycatch Rule

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Pew Recommends NOAA Withdraw Proposed Bycatch Rule

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Waste Not, Want Not

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Waste Not, Want Not

The unintended catch of nontarget fish and other wildlife—which are often discarded dead or dying—is known as bycatch and is a persistent problem for fishery managers.

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Read stories about how actions such as improved commercial fishing techniques can help prevent catch of non-targeted animals, including turtles, dolphins, and many fish species.

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Agenda for America

Resources for federal, state, and local decision-makers

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

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A Big-Picture Approach to Fisheries Management

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U.S. fishery managers often focus on one species at a time when determining how, when, and where fishing takes place. But each fish population is part of an interconnected ecosystem in which they interact with other fish, ocean wildlife, and habitats.