Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program

Upcoming Projects



Evaluating the effectiveness of elevated trawl sweeps on a west coast groundfish bottom trawl. This research will 1) compare the catch efficiencies between two alternative elevated sweep designs (designed to reduce seafloor contact and interactions with small macroinvertebrates) and the conventional sweep design used in the West Coast groundfish bottom trawl fishery, and 2) estimate the degree that the alternative sweep designs reduce seafloor contact. This study will occur in 2018 in collaboration with the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group, and groundfish fishermen. Funding for this project was provided by the NMFS Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Measuring the overall efficacy of LEDs along an ocean shrimp trawl fishing line to reduce bycatch of eulachon, groundfishes, and other fishes in the ocean shrimp trawl fishery. Specifically, this work will determine the degree to which eulachon and other fishes avoid trawl entrainment in response to LEDs. This study will occur in 2018 in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Resource Program, NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group, and ocean shrimp trawl fishermen. Funding for this project was provided by the NMFS Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.