The unwanted fish and other marine creatures trapped by commercial fishing nets during fishing for a different species: they had been netted as a by-catch but had to be thrown back into the sea dead [mass noun]: squid fishermen transfer salmon by-catch to boats that supply the black market
More example sentences
- Ices yesterday called for a ban on cod fishing in the North Sea, the Irish Sea and off the west coast of Scotland - and for a moratorium on fishing in areas where the species is caught as a by-catch - to rebuild fish stocks.
- It had long been known that setting on tunas associated with logs produced high by-catches of other tuna species, sharks, mahi-mahi, wahoos, billfishes, and other large marine predators.
- This is an ecologically minded practice for it prevents over fishing and eliminates by-catches.
Definition of by-catch in:
- The US English dictionary