National Fisherman

ILWACO, Wash. - The Coast Guard rescued a man early Sunday after his fishing vessel sank about 25 miles west of Ilwaco, Wash.

The Coast Guard station at Astoria, Ore., received a distress call from the only man aboard the 36-foot fishing vessel Charlie & Carol at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, saying the vessel was taking on water.

He estimated more than 400 gallons of water aboard the ship and reported that his pump was unable to keep up with the water pouring in.

Coast Guard officials dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. Risking his life, the swimmer climbed aboard the listing vessel and helped the man abandon the fishing vessel and climb into a life raft.

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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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