National Fisherman

If you lived on Cape Cod in 1991, you almost certainly remember "the storm."

And, if you didn't, well, you've probably read Sebastian Junger's "The Perfect Storm" (1997) or have seen the Oscar-nominated 2000 film of the same name starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

Either way, you know the name Linda Greenlaw: America's only swordfishing captain, survivor of "The Perfect Storm."

In his book, Junger called Greenlaw "one of the best captains "» on the entire East Coast."

Read the full story at Cape Cod Times>>

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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