by-catch

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by-catch

(bī′kăch′, -kĕch′)
n.
The portion of a fishing catch that is discarded as unwanted or commercially unusable.

by-catch

n
(Fishing) unwanted fish and other sea animals caught in a fishing net along with the desired kind of fish
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Noun1.by-catch - unwanted marine creatures that are caught in the nets while fishing for another species; "thousands of dolphins and porpoises and whales are killed as part of the by-catch each year"
marine animal, marine creature, sea animal, sea creature - any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
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The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release is the highest reported since these figures were first recorded in 1994.
The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release in 2016 is 81%, the highest reported since these figures were first recorded in 1994.