National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



In less than a week, commercial and recreational fishermen are converging on the nation's capitol to show their support for legislation aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act so that fish and fishermen can thrive.

Participants from a variety of coastal states attending the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, March 21 will meet in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building. They aim educate the general public and legislators about the onerous and devastating effects the nation's fishing law has upon fishermen and fishing communities.

Trying to figure out how you can get down there? Well, rally organizers are providing buses to transport fishermen to the demonstration and back home again. The Keep Fishermen Fishing website can also hip you to a variety of other things to know, including best ways of getting around Washington, what kind of items you're permitted to bring to the rally site, and suggestions of what kinds of signs to make.

The 2010 rally in Washington garnered plenty of attention from the media, and more importantly, from Capitol Hill lawmakers. Here's hoping this year's rally will build on that momentum and open more eyes to the plight of U.S. fishermen — and more importantly, do something about it.

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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