National Fisherman

In an effort to allow commercial fishermen to more aggressively pursue Asian carp, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an amendment to the commercial fishing proclamation at its March meeting, which was held Friday in Nashville.

Frank Fiss, TWRA Fisheries Division assistant chief, presented Proclamation 13-02. The amendment added black carp to the list of commercial fish species, modified commercial fishing hours on embayments of Kentucky Lake and changed gillnet mesh size regulations.

On the Mississippi River, legal mesh size will be 3 inches or larger. On other commercially open waters, legal mesh size will be 3 to 4.5 and 6 inches and larger. The changes will be effective 30 days after filed in the secretary of state's office.

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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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