National Fisherman

DRACUT -- Fishermen and women from all across the world search the Cape Cod waters, looking for that monster tuna prize. Many come up dry, but a Dracut fisherman hauled one in last week, with the help of a random Dracut fisherman and friends who came to the rescue.

It might be a big ocean, but it's a mighty small world out there.

Two months after catching a 920-pound tuna, a Dracut fisherman and his buddies hit the jackpot again last week. They hauled in a 650-pound tuna on Thursday, only this time they helped a distressed fisherman -- also from Dracut -- reel in the fish.

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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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