by·​catch | \ ˈbī-ˌkach How to pronounce bycatch (audio) , -ˌkech \

Definition of bycatch

: the portion of a commercial fishing catch that consists of marine animals caught unintentionally

Examples of bycatch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overfishing and fisheries bycatch is known as the major threat to threatened elasmobranchs worldwide and is a hot topic of conversation in Bangladesh. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Explanations from folks in Emmonak include: climate change, species encroachment, foreign ghost fleets, trawlers, Fukushima radiation, bycatch and international hatcheries. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 Sharks are a common bycatch animal, meaning that they get swept up in fishing operations targeting other sea creatures. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Jan. 2020 And what goes unseen is not factored into stock or bycatch assessments. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 The lights also reduced bycatch of seabirds in gillnets by about 85%. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021 The disparity between the fisheries is concerning — a possible bellwether for the chaotic consequences of climate change; competition between wild and hatchery fish; and commercial fishing bycatch. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA) has implemented recovery strategies to protect the sawfish from habitat destruction and bycatch. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 The council will consider basing that bycatch cap instead according to annual halibut abundance levels. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bycatch

1962, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Bycatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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