National Fisherman

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


JHathaway2 Today a BP official lauded the team who placed a sealing cap on the gusher in the gulf.

But don't get too excited, he warned, the oil giant is still conducting "integrity tests" to see if this cap will actually cap the well.

"People feel very good about what we accomplished in the last couple days," said BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells, according to a CNN report. "But the job is not over."

I'll say.

On the bright side, maybe once they finally get around to capping this well, we can move on to the job of conducting "integrity tests" on BP itself.

I still want to know more about those reports in the early days of the spill (which seem to have been glossed over, since we've all been rightfully more concerned with putting a stopper in this catastrophe) that indicated the chain of command ignored several signs that the rig was going to blow.

Not only do we owe the devastated people of the Gulf Coast a full investigation, but we cannot forget that 11 workers died on that rig.

A lot of the details can be lost in the chaos that is and will continue to be for who knows how many years or decades.

Let's not lose sight of how this happened in the first place and push our representatives to make some changes.

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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