National Fisherman

All seafood is local, somewhere.

A bill in the state legislature would define "local seafood" as those species caught or grown in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to say otherwise.

"My overall philosophy is, don't lie to me," said state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, who introduced the bill last week. "Tell me the truth about what's on the menu."

The bill amends the current state law that covers mislabeling of foods. It prohibits wholesalers or retailers from selling "nonlocal seafood as local seafood." It also extends the prohibition on false advertising of foods to include "the information contained on the menu of any establishment selling seafood."

Read the full story at Coastal Observer>>

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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