Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (PSMFC) Pacific Fisheries Bycatch Program is a collaborative program established in 2008 and designed to develop techniques to reduce bycatch in West Coast fisheries. In collaborations with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center-Marine Habitat Ecology group, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife-Marine Resources group, regional net manufacturers, and the fishing industry, this program has been able to pursue a wide-ranging array of conservation engineering projects relevant to reducing bycatch in west coast trawl fisheries. This program seeks to continue examining novel techniques to reduce bycatch and improve gear selectivity and provide valuable information to industry and management.