What does bycatch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. by-catch, bycatch(noun)

    unwanted marine creatures that are caught in the nets while fishing for another species

    "thousands of dolphins and porpoises and whales are killed as part of the by-catch each year"


  1. bycatch(Noun)

    Any fish (or other creatures) that are not targeted as a catch but are unintentionally caught, and often discarded back into the sea.

  2. bycatch(Verb)

    To catch unintentionally while fishing for something else.


  1. Bycatch

    The term “bycatch” is usually used for fish caught unintentionally in a fishery while intending to catch other fish. It may however also indicate untargeted catch in other forms of animal harvesting or collecting. Bycatch is of a different species, undersized individuals of the target species, or juveniles of the target species. In 1997, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development defined bycatch as “total fishing mortality, excluding that accounted directly by the retained catch of target species”. Bycatch contributes to fishery decline and is a mechanism of overfishing for unintentional catch. There are at least four different ways the word “bycatch” is used in fisheries: ⁕Catch which is retained and sold but which is not the target species for the fishery ⁕Species/sizes/sexes of fish which fishermen discard ⁕Non-target fish, whether retained and sold or discarded ⁕Unwanted invertebrate species, such as echinoderms and non-commercial crustaceans, and various vulnerable species groups, including seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and elasmobranchs.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bycatch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bycatch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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