National Fisherman

Corning, NY — Citing threats to the Finger Lakes and other upstate New York waterways, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is proposing a federal grant program to combat invasive aquatic species.

Schumer wants to create an early detection and rapid response grant program to “attack these species when they are easily and cheaply eradicated.”

Many invasive aquatic plant and animal species can be easily spread and can take hold quickly, affecting tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and shipping, he said.

Under Schumer’s proposed legislation, states could petition the Department of Interior for a grant and technical assistance as soon as they identify a threat from an invasive species.

His plan calls for “active detection networks” at the local level to identify a potential threat, and he wants multiple agencies at the federal, state and local level to work together to contain or eradicate the invasive species. Schumer’s legislation would put funding in place quickly, he said.

Read the full story at the Steuben Courier>>

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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