National Fisherman

Last week's announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it would steer up to $10 million of seafood import tariff money into a fund designed to upgrade fishing fleets and provide support so fishing communities can transition to their futures was hailed as a good first step toward aiding the industry.

And perhaps that's what it will be: a very, very tiny baby step that will do some good over time.

But as Gloucester fishermen Joe DiMaio put it, "there is no time." And when it comes to Gloucester and New England fishermen's true needs, there remains no money either.

So to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others proclaiming this NOAA gesture "an excellent chance for our ports" is disappointing, to say the least.

Read the full story at Newburyport Daily News>>

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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