National Fisherman

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, is holding meetings throughout the summer with Lobstermen to find out what how this season is going for them. He found out during a meeting with Lobstermen in the Downeast region just how bad things are.

Tuesday night, Commissioner Keliher was in Ellsworth to get input about the industry and brainstorm future needs. Low pricing seemed to take precedent over all other topics for the around 70 Lobstermen who attended the meeting. Julie Eaton, with 27 years of experience in the industry, spoke up saying she got a low of $2.40 a pound earlier in the day in Stonington.

"There's such uncertainty in this business it's terrible," said Eaton.

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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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