- Shrimp Trawling, Bycatch and Discards Brochure
- Shrimp Trawling, Bycatch and Discards Brochure(French)
- A Guide to Bycatch Reduction in Tropical Shrimp-Trawl Fisheries
- Bycatch is the unwanted or non-target part of the catch taken by fishermen. It is either discarded at sea or used for human or animal consumption. The capture of bycatch may pose a threat to species diversity and ecosystem health because this part of the catch is usually unregulated. In tropical shrimp-trawl fisheries, bycatch often consists of juvenile food-fish species and is therefore a threat to food security and sustainable fisheries production. Bycatch is a global problem that must be addressed.
- Potted Shrimps
- Exports of shrimp by developing countries earn them US$8 billion a year and provide employment to hundreds of thousands of people. But shrimp trawling has negative impacts on the environment. An FAO project is introducing new technologies to deal with the problem.
- By-Catch Management and Discard Reduction
- A film by the Global Environment Facility funded, UN Development Programme implemented, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations executed project, “Reduction of Environmental Impact from Tropical Shrimp Trawling Through the Introduction of By-Catch Reduction Technologies and Change of Management”. Every year tropical shrimp trawl fisheries generate millions of tonnes of bycatch. In some countries bycatch is an important source of income and contributes to food supply; in others, bycatch is discarded at sea. This FAO training video, filmed on location in Mexico, the Philippines and FAO Rome's headquarters, explores the issues and solutions to better manage bycatch and reduce discards in tropical shrimp fisheries. The film was produced by FAO’s Fishing Technology Service in partnership with a Television for the Environment Production (www.tve.org).