National Fisherman

In it together

The year was off to a booming start with the United We Fish rally in February. Unite we did, and it was a good thing, because 2010 was a year of seismic activity for fishermen.

The industry faced a federal enforcement scandal, shift to catch shares, struggles over quota and fishing grounds, water resource battles, and wildlife protections.

But none of it could compare to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our Southern brothers have shown us how to face adversity by pulling up their hip-boot straps, pitching in and not giving up.

— Jessica Hathaway

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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