National Fisherman

”We do not want to be forgotten. This is our hope.”

Those were the words of Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba in a message posted on the Internet to “our friends overseas” after the March 11, 2011, tsunami swept away most of the once prosperous Japanese city.

Thousands of miles away in Crescent City, 35 boats were crushed and most of the harbor's docks were swept away as a series of surges generated by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake flowed through the harbor, but spared the town with its own history of wave-driven devastation.

Two years later it appears Rikuzentakata and Crescent City are connected once again with the discovery of a small, barnacle-encrusted boat that washed up just south of the Del Norte County city earlier this week.

Read the full story at Daily Breeze>>

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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