Oceana has identified nine fisheries that have some of the worst bycatch in the United States. These nine fisheries injure and kill thousands of protected and endangered species every year. They are responsible for more than 50 percent of reported bycatch in the U.S., but only bring in 7 percent of landings. These nine fisheries combined discard and waste almost as much as they keep.

Oceana is calling on government and regional fishery management council officials to reduce bycatch and immediately implement critical measures to end wasteful fishing practices. More selective fishing methods should replace harmful gear types, and improvements must be made to accurately report bycatch and reduce the amount of fish that are discarded at sea. Making key changes such as counting everything that is caught, establishing bycatch limits, and using innovative management measures to control, avoid, and reduce bycatch over time will improve the resilience and economic viability of U.S. fisheries for generations to come.

  • 650,000/Year Whales, Dolphins and Seals were killed around the world as a result of bycatch
  • Only 40 Species of Plankton Exist Anymore
  • Whale of A Problem 50 Belugas Killed from bycatch annually