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What is bycatch?
Bycatch is the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught unintentionally during commercial fishing for a different species.
Specific examples of bycatch include dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions
Effects of bycatch
Bycatch can result in the mortality of aquatic species and destruction of aquatic habitats. Every year, at least 7.3 million tons of marine life are caught incidentally. For every shrimp caught by nets dragged behind trawls in the Gulf of Mexico, over four times its weight is bycatch
We can modify fishing gear so that fewer non-target species are caught or can escape. These modifications are simple and inexpensive.
How can we reduce the amount of bycatch on Long Island?
Despite this easy task, bycatch is still a major issue on Long Island and around the nation. This risk does not only cause unintentional deaths that can be avoidable, it can harm the marine environments around them.
One approach is to reduce fishing or direct it away from hotspots of conflict between fishing operations and non-target animals.
Tuna- Dolphin Issue
In the eastern tropical Pacific, dolphins