Oregon based marine scientists developed a device for keeping bycatch out of fishing nets. It is referred as an effective means of keeping threatened eulachon out of fish net trawling. LED lights attached to this device will illuminate escape path under the fish net which will allow eulachon to find his way back out. As per research reports, illumination reduced unintentional catching of eulachon. Bycatch of certain category of fish varieties became a grave problem in many coastal areas of the globe. The new technique reduced eulachon bycatch by ninety percent. Innovative aquatic device was successful in removing other bycatch fish species such as dark blotched rock fish and slender sole. Use of properly placed light is the major factor which determines the effectiveness of recently developed marine device.
Research program of Oregon scientists is funded by Fisheries Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Eulachon is federally protected under the endangered species act. NOAA fisheries have identified eulachon as a major threat to different species varieties. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and ocean shrimp industry actively participated in the research program spearheaded by Oregon marine scientists. Aquatic device became a hot topic of discussion in aquatic industry thanks to the farsightedness and technical excellence of Oregon scientist community.