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Tackling the global problem of fisheries bycatch

Bycatch, or incidental take of non-target species, is ubiquitous; it occurs in every fishery in every ocean region. Bycatch accounts for approximately 25% of the total biomass removal from the oceans. The amount of discarded material varies by fishing gear type, and can be up to 75% by weight of the fishery’s total catch. Bycatch of vulnerable populations of seabirds, marine mammals and seabirds is also an international problem. These wide-ranging animals can encounter and get incidentally caught by as many as 40 different fleets from different nations.