National Fisherman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.

The season officially started Wednesday in ports south of Pt. Arena in Mendocino County.

Fishermen are optimistic after hearing positive reports from sport fishermen, who started fishing on April 6.

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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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