Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program

Upcoming Projects



Minimizing Chinook salmon catches in the Pacific hake fishery. This study will build off previous research and determine the effect that artificial light has on the overall escapement of Chinook salmon out a bycatch reduction device on a Pacific hake midwater trawl. This study will occur during 2017 and is a collaborative project between the PSMFC, NOAA NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group, and Pacific hake fishermen. Funding for this project was provided by the NOAA NMFS Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Determining how the intensity and placement of artificial light along an ocean shrimp trawl fishing line affects eulachon and juvenile darkblotched rockfish bycatch. This research seeks to examine the use of LED lights and determine how catches of eulachon, juvenile darkblotched rockfish, and ocean shrimp are affected by 1) altering the number of lights attached along the central 40% of the trawl fishing line, and 2) attaching lights along the central portion and the trawl wings. This study will occur during 2017 and is a collaborative project between the PSMFC, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Resource Program, NOAA NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group, and ocean shrimp trawl fishermen. Funding for this project was provided by the NOAA NMFS Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Research Program.