National Fisherman

Shrimp — those tasty native Lowcountry crustaceans — are looking slim so far for the spring and the summer. But commercial shrimpers say it's early yet.

And if the past few years have shown anything, it's that the always uncertain crop has been even more hit-and-miss.

The young white shrimp, the spring crop, are fewer and smaller than would be expected in recent S.C. Department of Natural Resources trawl net sampling in the estuaries. That's because of the recent cold snap keeping waters cooler, biologists say.

"They need to do a lot of growing," said Larry DeLancey of DNR.

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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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