Regional Fishery Management Council Committee asks Oceana to retract inaccurate bycatch report

Oceana got a lot of media attention recently with their “report” on bycatch entitled “Wasted Catch,” that listed the nine most “dirty’ fisheries.

Last week, the Regional Fishery Management Council Coordination Committee took the extraordinary measure of issuing a letter to Oceana recommending that they retract the report because of “a variety of substantial errors, omissions, and organizational approaches” that “seriously miscommunicate bycatch information.”

The committee said “Misinformation in reports like “Wasted Catch” undermines those productive relationships between industry, management, and NGOs that have been effective in reducing bycatch.”

Click here for the letter.

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