National Fisherman

Fishermen, get ready to cast your lines.

At exactly 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, the first nets will be dropped into Alaskan waters to officially kick off the 2013 Copper River salmon season. The 12-hour fishing period will send the first load of salmon to celebrations in Seattle and points across the United States.

There are predictions for a strong sockeye harvest this year, which marks the 30th Anniversary of when the first Copper River king salmon were shipped fresh to the Seattle market.

Read the full story at Progressive Grocer>>

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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