National Fisherman

The second annual audit for the Alaska halibut fishery to the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification is complete. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. 
Click here for a copy of the Alaska halibut surveillance report. The report documents the assessment result for the continued RFM Certification of the Alaska halibut fishery.
For RFM Certification updates on Alaska's other major commercial fisheries, click here.

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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