National Fisherman

I've got two stories to share that somehow seem appropriate for a Friday afternoon. For the first, sometimes it's good to get a reminder about why certain things are important — even if that reminder is an unpleasant one. National Fisherman's editor Jes Hathaway is a huge advocate for eating wild U.S. fish. Here's a reminder why that U.S.A. label is important:

Asian Seafood Raised On Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers

Gross. One of the problems is that when people read things like this they sometimes think all seafood is bad (people aren't stupid but they have a lot to think about) so the message should be clear and simple: U.S. wild.

Repeat as necessary: U.S. wild. U.S. wild.

This next story isn't as gross, I promise. You may have noticed the web is buzzing with reports of a huge, softball-sized eye that washed up on Pompano Beach in Southern Florida. There's speculation that it once belonged to a giant squid or possibly a very large swordfish. I'm thinking that if anyone knows what kind of creature it once belonged to it would be fishermen, our readers. So what do you think? Have you ever looked into this eyeball before?

I imagine it was a moment you'll never forget.

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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