National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and


As many of you may have seen on our home page and in our news updates this week, February brings an opportunity to count your voice and face among many other fishermen in a march on Washington.

Though the original release posted an earlier date, the protest is now scheduled for Feb. 24, which prevents it from falling during Congressional recess.

Fishermen from all walks will be gathering to urge for flexibility in the Magnuson-Stevens Act's rebuilding guidelines for overfished stocks.

As noted in our editor and publisher's Fish eNews mailing today (sign up here if you would like to receive Jerry Fraser's weekly editorial), Northeast fishermen may be well on their way to garnering some flexibility with Senate passage of a bill that allows for some wiggle room near the Hague Line, which divides Canadian and U.S. fishing grounds.

This little victory adds impetus to the agenda for the march.

Now is the perfect time to be heard and be relevant.

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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