Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program

Prior Projects



U.S. Pacific Hake Fishery: 2008-2016
Examining the potential use of artificial light to enhance the escapement of Chinook salmon out an open escape window bycatch reduction device. Collaborators: PSMFC, Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group (NWFSC MHE), and F/V Miss Sue.

Evaluation of flexible sorting grid excluders to reduce rockfish bycatch. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, F/V Perseverance, and Foulweather Trawl.

Testing of an open escape window bycatch reduction device designed to reduce Chinook salmon and rockfish bycatch. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, F/V Miss Sue, F/V Predator, and Foulweather Trawl.

West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Bottom Trawl Fishery: 2011-2016
Testing of flexible sorting grid excluders to reduce Pacific halibut bycatch. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, F/V Miss Leona, F/V Miss Sue, Dantrawl, and Foulweather Trawl.

Examining the size-selection characteristics of T90 mesh and diamond mesh codends and evaluating their efficacy at reducing catches of unmarketable-sized fish. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), F/V Last Straw, and NET systems.

Evaluation of selective flatfish sorting grid bycatch reduction devices designed to reduce catches of rockfishes, sablefish, and Pacific halibut in the nearshore flatfish fishery. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, F/V Miss Sue, and Foulweather Trawl.

Ocean Shrimp Trawl Fishery: 2010-2014
Testing footrope modifications designed to reduce the bycatch of demersal groundfishes, and eulachon, and minimize disturbance rates of benthic macroinvertebrates. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, ODFW, and F/V Kylie Lynn.

Investigating how artificial light in the vicinity of the rigid-grate bycatch reduction device and along the fishing line of an ocean shrimp trawl can alter eulachon, groundfishes, and ocean shrimp catches. Collaborators: PSMFC, ODFW, and F/V Miss Yvonne.

Fishermen´s Loaner Video Camera System Program: 2010-present
Autonomous underwater video camera systems for fishermen to borrow for their use in evaluating industry-designed bycatch reduction devices. Collaborators: PSMFC, NWFSC MHE, and fishing industry.