National Marine Fisheries Service

09/09/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2021 11:44

2021 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Awards

NOAA Fisheries has awarded more than $2.2 million to partners around the country to support 12 innovative bycatch reduction research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Bycatch is catch that fishermen do not want, cannot sell, or are not allowed to keep. Bycatch of various species-fish, marine mammals, or turtles-can have significant biological, economic, and social impacts. Preventing and reducing bycatch is a shared goal of fisheries managers, the fishing industry, and the environmental community.

Working side-by-side with fishermen on their boats we've developed solutions to some of the top bycatch challenges facing our nation's fisheries.

Examples of past regional projects include:

  • An enhanced communication network and real-time maps to allow longfin squid fishermen in the Northeast to avoid butterfish 'hot spots' and reduce bycatch by more than 65 percent
  • Using LED lights on the West Coast to reduce bycatch of endangered eulachon in the ocean shrimp trawl fishery by up to 91 percent

Read brief descriptions of the selected projects

2020 Recipients by Region


  • LobsterLift LLC: $185,590
  • Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society: $246,458
  • Delaware State University: $233,676
  • New England Aquarium Corporation: $191,897
  • New England Aquarium Corporation: $208,234


  • Mote Marine Laboratory: $188,995

West Coast

  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission: $157,897
  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission: $245,797
  • Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research: $188,416


  • International Pacific Halibut Commission: $99,700

Pacific Islands

  • International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Inc: $168,962
  • Eric Gilman, LLC: $53,200