Definition of bycatch
: the portion of a commercial fishing catch that consists of marine animals caught unintentionally
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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials who manage the pikeminnow bounty fishery told Thomas the walleye bycatch during pikeminnow fishing season more than doubled in 2016.
What’s needed: scientifically set quotas, protected nursery and spawning habitats, and reduced bycatch (unwanted fish caught unintentionally).
Environmental work would go beyond coral reefs to include environmental hazards such as large-scale oil spills and bycatch issues with sharks and other species.
If a whale is caught as bycatch, fishermen must report the incident to the Coast Guard.
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