National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


There would be no better way for NOAA to apologize to Northeast fishermen for years of targeted, excessive punitive fees than by punishing the man in charge of overseeing those retaliatory measures.

I simply cannot fathom how the leadership of this agency can justify not even suspending or demoting Andrew Cohen, but instead sliding him into another 6-figure job that is conveniently located at his "duty station in Gloucester," Mass., according to the Gloucester Times.

Removing him from his duties overseeing enforcement in the Northeast was the least they could do. But allowing him to continue his career unfettered is a slap in the face of not just New England fishermen but the American system as a whole.

It is a proclamation that the government protects its staff (no matter how heinous their behavior or, at very least, negligent their oversight) before it protects its constituents.

If it were a business, NOAA would be folding.

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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