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The BYCATCH project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies and coordinated by the ISMAR-CNR Institute of Ancona (Italy), has been developed to evaluate the bycatch of cetaceans by mid-water trawling, as requested by the EU regulation CE 812/2004 26/04/2004.

The BYCATCH VII project (2016/2017 year) extends monitoring bycatch also to other protected species or of interest for conservation as turtles and elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in the Adriatic Sea.