National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — When fisheries regulation gets a makeover in the next year or two, the New England fishery intends to get into the debate early to impress on regulators how badly served the region has been under existing rules.

That was the theme struck by Mayor Jon Mitchell Monday as he co-chaired a joint meeting of the Mayor's Ocean and Fisheries Council with Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., representing the Federal Fishing Advisory Board.

Attending were many familiar faces from the industry, most from SouthCoast but some from Gloucester. They had very few good words to say about NOAA Fisheries, but did not jeer NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard when he took the microphone to talk about the limitations of NOAA Fisheries science as changing environmental factors throw the fish surveys into disarray.

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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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