National Fisherman

NMFS is currently seeking proposals for its 2014 Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside program. Applications must be submitted to the agency by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

The program sets aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable catch for research purposes. Participating vessels may be authorized to harvest species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures. Landings from the trips are sold to generate funds that help defray costs for approved research projects and compensate vessel owners.

Research priorities this year include summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, longfin squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, river herring, bluefish and spiny dogfish. Click here to read the full text of the announcement.

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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