Sorting bycatch in the Gulf of California

Sorting bycatch in the Gulf of California

Bycatch Exhibit at the University of Arizona Museum of Art
February 4 through April 2, 2017.

Bycatch is a co-produced art-science project that combines geohumanities, political ecology, poetics, art, and marine ecology to creatively respond to the shrimp trawling industry in the Gulf of California. “Bycatch” refers to everything captured that is not the target species, so in this case, everything that is not shrimp. Approximately 87% of the weight of catch by shrimp trawlers is made up of 225+ species of bycatch fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. The majority of shrimp caught in the industry is sold in the U.S.

I am collaborating with marine biologist and illustrator Maria Johnson on this project as part of the Next-Gen 6&6 Art + Science initiative. The field work for this collaboration has included overnight trips aboard shrimp trawlers off of Bahía Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Early poems and drawings from this project appear in the April 2016 issue of Zócalo Magazine, as well as online at and at Coordinates Society Magazine.

See more on Bycatch on the project website.

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