National Fisherman

The search for a missing Franklin County oysterman ended Tuesday afternoon, nearly 30 hours after his boat sank in Apalachicola Bay.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the body of Brandon Wayne "Bruno" Creamer was found about a mile from where he was last seen Monday morning. His companion, Billie Murray of Eastpoint, was rescued by another boater but Creamer had disappeared below the surface before he could be reached.

The agency was assisted in its efforts by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Gulf County Sheriff's Office and several private vessels.

Divers using handheld sonar units began the second day of the search with an inspection of Creamer's submerged vessel. The boat sits intact in about 10 feet of water, several hundred yards west of the Bryant Patton Bridge connecting Eastpoint to St. George Island.

Strong currents and low visibility made diving difficult, said Lt. Charlie Wood of the FFWCC's Division of Law Enforcement. "As strong as they were, the divers were having problems staying there and the water visibility is very, very dim," Wood said.

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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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