National Fisherman

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission preserved shrimp trawling in the Pamlico Sound on Thursday by voting down a proposal to declare the entire body of water a nursery.

Nearly 200 shrimpers work the Pamlico Sound and have been outspoken in opposition to the rule change. Shrimping is the state's second-largest fishing industry. Trawling in the Pamlico Sound would have to stop if the sound were declared a nursery.

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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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