National Fisherman

Dulac, La. - In the murky waters near Dulac, something lurks beneath the surface.

Bayou Fabio takes us on the hunt.

Rickey Verrett's day begins much earlier on the banks of Bayou Dularge.

He doesn't carry much on his small boat. Verrett needs all the room he can get for what he hopes to bring back.

"If I throw out 40 jugs, I usually get 100 pounds dressed," says Verrett. "I get like 20 something fish with 40 lines. Get at least half."

Not just any fish.

Verrett is one of the few commercial fishermen in the world hunting alligator gar.

"It's just what my daddy does so I figured I'd do it too," he says. "On my own about 15 years gar fishing. I used to work on a shrimp boat and stuff."

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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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