By-catch definition

bīkăch, -kĕch
The portion of a fishing catch that is discarded as unwanted or commercially unusable.
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Any fish (other creatures) that are not targeted as a catch but are unintentionally caught, and often discarded back into the sea.
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To catch unintentionally while fishing for something else.
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Alternative spelling of bycatch.
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Origin of by-catch

  • From by- +‎ catch.

    From Wiktionary