picuture of a bycatch reduction device

Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs)


A bycatch reduction device (BRD) is any gear or trawl modification designed to allow finfish to escape from a shrimp trawl.  BRDs are required for use in shrimp trawls fished shoreward of the 100-fathom (183-meter) depth contour in the Gulf of Mexico, and within the EEZ of the South Atlantic region.  BRDs may have different capabilities according to different fishing conditions, and having a wide variety of BRDs for use in the fisheries allows fishermen greater flexibility to choose the most effective BRD for the specific local fishing conditions.

To reach Sustainable Fisheries staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact:

Sue Gerhart

List of Certified BRDs
  • Fisheye

  • Jones Davis

  • Modifies Jones Davis

  • Cone Fish Deflector Composite Panel

  • Square Mesh Panel Composite Panel
Instructions and Pictures

For information regarding the BRDs, please contact:      

NOAA Fisheries' Pascagoula Lab 
Harvesting Technology Branch  
3209 Frederic Street  
Pascagoula, Mississippi 39568

Phone: (228) 762-4591

Certification of BRDs

 **NOTE: BRD forms are incorporated into the observer forms PDF

To request certification of new BRDs, please contact:      

NOAA Fisheries' Galveston Lab 
4700 Avenue U
Galveston, Texas, 77551-5997

Phone: (409) 766-3500