National Fisherman

PORTLAND - As the New England Fishery Management Council meets this week in Portland to tackle the intricacies of sustaining our region's offshore fisheries, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute has released a paper that sheds light on one of the most perplexing problems confronting these managers -- the dramatic decline of cod in the Gulf of Maine.

"The Future of Cod in the Gulf of Maine" explores the range of biological, climatological, economic and fishery management factors that affect this iconic species.

The report, available at, focuses on cod's place in the food chain, the intricate nature of local subpopulations in the region, the effect of harvesting pressure on the species and the impact of climate change on cod's ability to survive here.

Read the full story at Portland Press Herald>>

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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