It is extremely stressful for a marine creature to be caught, hauled onto a boat, sorted and then released back into the ocean. Yet, few studies have investigated the physical and physiological implications of the capture process, factors influencing post-capture or post-release mortality. Such research can aid fishery management by determining population status and species resiliency.
We conduct species-specific investigation into the physiology of bycaught fishes and their post-release survivability. By increasing our understanding of how fishes respond to capture, we will be able to inform efforts to increase the post-release survival rate of bycaught fishes.
By collaborating with scientists and commercial, we have increased our understanding of the physiological and survival impacts of accidental capture on non-target fishes. Learn more.