Online Tool for Sharing the Best Bycatch Reduction Practices

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Fish, Other News

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the New England Aquarium are working together to develop an online bycatch mitigation and information tool.

MSC certified herring. Photo credit: Marine Stewardship Council via photopin cc.

MSC certified herring. Photo credit: Marine Stewardship Council via photopin cc.

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.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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