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Bycatch is anything that is an unintended catch while fishing. As demand increases and more markets are created, the term bycatch could be a positive one. Bycatch has been viewed negatively in the past, but as we create more ways for it to find a place at our table the term may be viewed as beneficial and as another food source for the consumer.

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Bycatch

Bycatch

Douglas Gayeton for the Lexicon of Sustainability

Bycatch

Location: BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI
Featuring: RICHARD & MELANIE JOHNSON

Traceability provides consumers with valuable (and verifiable) information about the food they buy. It helps explain the integrity of the product, its origin, true identity (species), and its legal production under a competent management regime.

Without all of this information, fisheries have a lower level of confidence in the data they use to manage the fishery, and consumers have lower confidence regarding the integrity, origin and species they are consuming. Traceability means accountability: it's a guide for responsible ocean stewardship, and safeguards a vital natural resource.

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