by·​catch ˈbī-ˌkach How to pronounce bycatch (audio)
: 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 Pacific sleeper sharks are most often encountered as bycatch in the nets of Alaska’s commercial fisheries, and few survive the trauma, experts say. Mark Price, Miami Herald, 18 Apr. 2024 Beyond bureaucratic concerns, there are a host of malicious uses for this human genomic bycatch. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 May 2023 Conservation efforts worldwide aim to protect sea turtle nesting sites, reduce bycatch, and mitigate other threats to help these ancient creatures survive. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 Hunting and overfishing, whether intentional or as bycatch, can be harmful. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 There is emerging scientific consensus among scientists that at-sea bycatch is not the major reason for the crashes. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2023 Human genomic bycatch could be used to continually monitor for cancer-causing mutations, which arise and accumulate over a person’s lifetime. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 May 2023 Anything caught up in the net that wasn’t the target food species—known as bycatch—gets hauled aboard the ship, often dead, and thrown back overboard. Matt Simon, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 The project is working with fishermen and larger fisheries to reduce this bycatch. Nina Burleigh, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bycatch was in 1962

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“Bycatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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