National Fisherman

At Sea Diary

Matt MarinkovichMatt Marinkovich’s weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt’s experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific.

November 8-9, 2005 — I dropped Wayde off in Kingston around 5 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, then continued on to Hood Canal to make the first of three 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. openings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I had 200 fathoms of new monofilament net on the drum, and I was expecting to load up on "dogs" in the canal. This was my week; I could feel it in my bones.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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