by·​catch ˈbī-ˌkach How to pronounce bycatch (audio)
: the portion of a commercial fishing catch that consists of marine animals caught unintentionally

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Such genetic evaluations are especially important for the species that are popular food options, like the tunas, or are often caught as bycatch in other fisheries (including many of the sharks). Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2015 But countless threats -- overfishing, destructive fishing practices, bycatch, dishonest catch reporting, habitat destruction -- threaten our oceans and the people who depend on them. Guest, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2017 The monitors are on board to collect data about subjects such as bycatch and check for regulatory compliance. Patrick Whittle,, 11 Nov. 2022 This year, the cap was set at 97,000, and the bycatch so far has been less than 15,500 crab. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 Many believe the rate of bycatch isn’t as high as reported or believed. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 But she has been frustrated by the council’s slow-moving process, and her group’s inability during the past year to get more done by the council to limit the crab bycatch in other harvests. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2022 Alaska’s pollock fishery used to take in a lot of salmon bycatch. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Lomeli added that the lights have also proven effective at reducing bycatch of eulachon (Pacific smelt) and juvenile rockfish and flatfish in the shrimp trawl fishery off Oregon. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 29 Jan. 2023.

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