National Fisherman

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. — Commercial fishing advocates are voicing strong opposition to the 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act.

It would designate Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, and Striped Bass as coastal game fish. The bill also provides funds for dredging and the Marine Fisheries Observer Programs. Proponents of the game fish portion say it's a necessary, economic allocation.

"Our public trust resources in salt water need to be allocated to the user group that is going to provide North Carolina with the highest total return and that's exactly what game fish does," said Chuck Laughridge with the Coastal Conservation Association.

Read the full story at News 14 Carolina>>

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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