Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program

Videos



Note: These videos present various clips and are not intended to represent a quantitative outcome of the gear examined.

Chinook Salmon Light Study

This video shows an open escape window bycatch reduction device (BRD) designed to reduce Chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific hake midwater trawl fishery. This video was collected during a project seeking to determine if artificial illumination can influence which escape window Chinook salmon utilize when exiting the BRD. This video shows Chinook salmon, Pacific hake, Pacific herring, and rockfishes interacting with the BRD. This 2015 footage is courtesy of Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center-Marine Habitat Ecology group. The BRD was manufactured by Foulweather Trawl, LLC. Research funding was provided by the NOAA Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Rockfish Excluder Study

This video shows a flexible sorting grid excluder designed to reduce rockfish bycatch in the Pacific hake midwater trawl fishery. Pacific hake and widow rockfish are shown interacting with the excluder during the tow process. In addition, this video shows the catch of the trawl codend compared to the recapture net catch. This 2012-2013 footage is courtesy of Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center-Marine Habitat Ecology group. The BRD was manufactured by Foulweather Trawl, LLC. Research funding was provided by the NOAA Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Eulachon Light Study

This video shows catches from a double-rigged pink shrimp trawl. The fishing line of one net was illuminated with green LED lights, whereas the fishing line of the other net was not illuminated. This video was collected during a project evaluating if simple enhancements to the visibility of the trawl fishing line could improve bycatch reduction for eulachon, an ESA listed species. This video primarily shows pink shrimp and eulachon smelt. This 2014 footage is courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Research funding was provided by the NOAA Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

Selective Flatfish Device

This video shows catches between the trawl codend and recapture net from a flexible sorting grid excluder designed to reduce sablefish, rockfishes, and Pacific halibut bycatch in the West Coast groundfish bottom trawl nearshore flatfish fishery. This 2014 footage is courtesy of Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Habitat Ecology group. The bycatch reduction device was manufactured by Foulweather Trawl, LLC. Research funding was provided by the NOAA Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.