National Fisherman

Turn on a light in your home and imagine it is powered by an old, ripped fishing net.

Hard to imagine?

How about a broken lobster trap? Or a buoy that can no longer float?

Stop imaging. It's really happening.

Through a program called Fishing for Energy, the gear is collected in Gloucester and Rockport and trucked to Covanta's Waste-to-Energy facility in Haverhill, where most of it — and other trash— is converted to energy while metal is collected and recycled.

It's a way to clear the deck, so to speak, for commercial fishermen looking for a cost-free method of disposing of old, unused fishing gear, as well as derelict gear that can pose a threat to marine life.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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