National Fisherman

A federal judge says he expects the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to last 16 days.

An order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the second phase will be tried in two parts.

The first part, which starts Sept. 30 and lasting four days, will explore BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil that gushed from its blown-out Macondo well. Testimony during that part will be limited to information about the oil below the surface. It will not include testimony about the removal of oil from the surface through in-situ burning, skimming, or with booms.

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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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