Problem | Partners | Goals


Problem Statement


Bycatch is the greatest human threat to small cetaceans. Animals get caught in many of the most common fishing gears, including nets, longlines, trawls, pots and traps. Through our approach and toolkit, we intend to "get to the bottom of bycatch" in SE Asia and beyond.


Our Partners


Our multinational team of scientists, analysts and community-relations specialists are working with in-country partners and stakeholders to co-produce a toolkit that identifies management strategies to mitigate risk of bycatch.

We thank the following organizations for supporting this research:


Our Goals


Using a science-policy approach, our toolkit is designed for practitioners to create a localized bycatch risk assessment (ByRA).

Our research objectives include...

  1. Identify and quantify factors that contribute to fisheries bycatch in specific locations with varying amounts of existing data.
  2. Create a spatially and temporally explicit database of the distribution of marine mammals, fisheries effort and interaction rates, and other human factors.
  3. Integrate socio-ecological data into a transferable, open-source tool that supports spatial planning and decision-making to reduce bycatch.