National Fisherman

By Lauren Wanko

This is the first time commercial fisherman Gary Stone is back to work at the Belford Seafood Cooperative since Hurricane Sandy made landfall more than three weeks ago.

"If we don't land any fish on the dock we don't make any money," Stone said.

That's why Stone headed to Montauk right after the storm hit. He needed an operational dock and ice machine.

"I got $10,000 a month in bills and five kids to feed. I can't, can you stay home for three weeks? I can't. If I don't work the bills don't get paid," Stone said.

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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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