National Fisherman

We've just hit the official end of commercial crab fishing on the Oregon coast, and fisherman say this year was better in some areas than others.

Scott Adams, Hallmark Fisheries manager, says the crab turned out to be great. "We did have really good crab, they were nice, they were tasty. Profit wise, not as good, but it keeps us going," he said.

The catch in Charleston was fourth among Oregon ports, with Brookings leading the pack this year for hauling in the most crab.

Overall, landings were better than they've been in recent years, officials said.

The grand total? "18.1 million pounds, preliminary numbers, which means our fishermen brought in $48 million into Oregon's ports," said Hugh Link from the Dungeness Crab Commission.

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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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