National Fisherman

A Seattle fisheries company has found the kinder, gentler side of long-line cod fishing. They're creating a new kind of vessel - one that's greener, meaner, more efficient and less dangerous.

Blue North has contracted with Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes to build one of the safest most environmentally friendly fishing vessels in the world.

The boat was specifically developed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery.

"The fish are automatically sorted and weighed. So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat," said Mike Burns, Blue North's Chairman. "So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat."

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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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