National Fisherman

AUG 10-11
Sitka Seafood Festival
Sitka, Alaska
or call Alicia @ (928) 607-4845

AUG 11
Great American Seafood Cook-off
Morial Convention Center, Hall J
New Orleans
FMI: Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board
(504) 286-8736 

AUG 15-16
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Customer Advisory Panel & Board of Directors
Kodiak Harbor Convention Center
Kodiak, Alaska
FMI: contact Mary Rehfeld at

AUG 20-24
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meeting
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
(813) 348-1630 or (888) 833-1844;

SEPT 10-14
South Atlantic Fishery Council Meeting
The Charleston Marriott Hotel
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston SC
1-800-968-3569 or 843-723-3000
Fax: 843-723-0276

SEPT 13-18
Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting
The Riverside Hotel – Boise
2900 Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID 83714
Phone: (208) 343-1871
Contact Council office:
(503) 820-2280 or (866) 806-7204

SEPT 29-30
Working Waterfront Festival
A free celebration of New England's fishing industry:
Music, seafood, children’s activities, cooking demos, harbor tours,
fishermen’s contests, authors, films, bookstore, artisans & more.
Fisherman's Pier & Merrill's Wharf
New Bedford, MA
Contact: (508) 993-8894

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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