Bycatch News

If interested, see the attached announcement from IFREMER.

California seeks to implement more restrictions on gillnet fishing in its State and adjacent Federal waters. See:….

If you follow what is happening globally with gillnets, which some people call "curtains of death," this new but not original call for a ban using them off California noteworthy.

From a pool of applicants four projects were selected focused on bycatch assessment and mitigation.


Some fishermen are taking advantage of available federal funding and gear to try out ropeless gear in Massachusetts, and increasingly in Maine as well.

Applications are now being accepted under the Global Fund for Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions. Please see the attached file for more information including how to apply.

A recent ruling favors lobster fishing over the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

Read the recent article in the Christian Science Monitor featuring NEAq researchers and fishermen from the Massachusett's South Shore on our science-industry collaborative project to evaluate hale-release rope for reducing whale entanglements incidence and severity.