National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Never let it be said fishermen don't recycle. And if doing so helps educate the general public about the U.S. commercial fishing industry, then so much the better.

Allow me to pass along one of our reader's ideas for spreading the gospel to the general public. In an e-mail sent to Hoyt Childers, our Gulf/South Atlantic bureau chief, a reader suggests that NF subscribers leave their used issues of the magazine at local libraries for the general public to read.

Hoyt thought it was a good idea and forwarded it along to us, and I'm passing it along to you. In fact, Hoyt added that he leaves copies of the magazine in doctors and dentists offices, too.

These days in our high tech society, lots of folks spend time text messaging on their cell phones, sharing their thoughts via MySpace or Facebook pages (or is that MyFace and Spacebook?), tweeting away on Twitter or, er, blogging on Web pages. But going old school and simply passing on copies of the magazine to folks that wouldn't ordinarily have access to it — as well as the insight about commercial fishing contained within it — is a great idea, too. Any ideas that raise commercial fishing's profile in the eyes of the general public are good ones. NF Nation, keep them coming!

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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