The Bycatch Information Exchange will be a free resource available to the public where interested parties can share information and ideas on decreasing bycatch, the accidental and unwanted catch of marine life. The interactive web-based platform will include a searchable database on bycatch reduction and avoidance techniques, along with any associated papers and reports, and contact information.
The tool will be particularly useful for fisheries being assessed by the MSC under the new Fisheries Standard version 2.0, which includes bycatch regulations.
“Minimising unwanted catch to lowest achievable levels is a core part of the MSC standard and, through certification, fisheries are able to demonstrate a commitment to lessening their overall impact on the marine environment,” Stephanie Good, Fisheries Assessment Manager at the MSC, said in a news release.
The tool can also be used by fishers, fisheries managers, researchers, environmental NGOs, and anyone else with an interest in bycatch.
To learn more:
- Read the MSC news release: MSC and New England Aquarium developing bycatch mitigation and information tool.
- Read about the New England Aquarium’s fisheries and bycatch research.
- Read the MSC’s updated fishery certification requirements.
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