National Fisherman

PROVINCETOWN — As David Young is steering the Sea Skipper out of Provincetown Harbor toward Race Point, he fondly recalls curious whales coming up to his boat and spitting on him. He's in awe every time it happens.

I think they're beautiful creatures," he says as he maneuvers the 32-foot H& H Osmond Beal toward the buoys that mark his lobster traps. "I've seen a turtle entangled but never a whale."

The Eastham resident and third-generation Provincetown-based fisherman — and brother of oyster shucking world champion William "Chopper" Young of Wellfleet — was recently certified as a whale disentanglement level-two first responder by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a class sponsored by the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance in conjunction with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

"We're all going to be whale-trained, we're first responders, we're going to have all the Cape covered," Young says of himself and fellow fishermen.

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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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