National Fisherman

Top10MayEach day, our editors scour news outlets from across the nation and the globe to find and share with you the most interesting and most relevant stories about commercial fishing. We update our site each morning with the latest news on regulations, sustainability and market trends  everything you need to make informed decisions about your business.

But we know it's not always possible for those who work at sea to check in with us daily. So here's a handy list of the 10 most-read online news stories from the past 30 days. 

Top 10 stories in May

1. Crab nab nets 150 illegal pots

2. Nova Scotia fisherman lands huge halibut alone

3. 60 Minutes: Wild or farmed?

4. Salmon catch could be the last good one

5. Is Copper River salmon overhyped?

6. Bristol Bay salmon run may be very early

7. Buyer says she was pressured to mislabel fish

8. Wash. geoduck diver critically hurt in accident

9. Alaskan fisherwoman publishes cookbook

10. Will Cook Inlet salmon go to the feds?


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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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