National Fisherman

PORTLAND — The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season is coming to an end with a whimper.

The season officially ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday, although boats for the most part stopped fishing weeks ago because of a lack of shrimp in the Gulf of Maine.

This year's harvest will go down as the smallest since 1978, when the fishery was shut down altogether.

Through Wednesday, boats from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts had netted and trapped about 662,000 pounds, with Maine fishermen accounting for about 80 percent of the catch.

Read the full story at Portland Press Herald>>

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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