International Smart Gear Competition
Why It Matters
The problem of bycatch
Each year, fishing gear such as longlines, trawls and nets incidentally catch billions of marine animals that are not the fishers’ target. This bycatch is discarded—dead or dying—back into the sea.
Problem for fishermen
The unintended take of non-target species is a major fisheries management problem that wastes fishermen’s time and costs hundreds of millions of dollars in damaged gear.
Problem for non-target species
Bycatch causes dramatic declines in the populations of many marine species, including dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds, sharks, and other fish species.