National Fisherman

DOVER — A little before 1 p.m. Thursday, the 32-foot crabbing vessel, Lauren Marie, chugged along the Leipsic River amid the swirling fog and pelting rain.

Like a well-oiled assembly line, brothers Larry and Leonard Voss, of Smyrna, and Trey Holland, of Dover, began to unload the day's offerings at the dock near Sambo's Tavern in Leipsic. They expertly tossed extra crab pots onto Leonard's truck, all the while ensuring that the 90 blue crabs couldn't escape from their bushels.

After being out on the water since the first lights struck at the horizon at 4 a.m., Leonard said the seven bushels of crabs is a less than favorable harvest.

Slow harvests have been indicative of the state's declining blue crab population. This season the numbers are down at least by 75 percent, he said. The low numbers have also caused the crab prices to skyrocket from around $80 a bushel to up to $130.

"It's not just us — it's up and down the whole coast from Georgia to New Jersey," Leonard Voss, 57, 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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