Bottom trawling (dragging a net through the bottom of the sea floor to catch fish and other aquatic species for tropical shrimp in particular) is an important source of income for fishers and fish-workers all over the world. Unfortunately, irresponsible tropical shrimp trawling tends to come at a great cost to the environment and marine resources. Historically, shrimp trawlers can end up catching 3 to 15 times more bycatch (the unintended catch of fish and other marine life) than actual shrimp, making it one of the fisheries with the highest catch rate of non-targeted species. However, recent technological advances have begun to reverse this impact and many shrimp trawling fisheries across the world have significantly reduced the volume of bycatch in their nets.
Supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) project seeks to reduce food loss and enhance food availability by improving the management and use of bycatch and ensuring sustainable fishing livelihoods. The six countries (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) participating in the REBYC-II LAC project share water and marine resources in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans