National Fisherman

All shrimp caught in Louisiana have been given a "red light" grade, an advisory that environmentally-conscious consumers not buy them, because of the state's policy on sea turtle protection.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which rates seafood based on its sustainability and eco-friendliness, has placed all Louisiana shrimp among the 5 percent of US seafood products that it recommends its followers not purchase.

The Whole Foods supermarket chain is among outlets that make purchasing decisions based on the aquarium's recommendations, which are readily obtained on the Internet or in a smart-phone application.

A Seafood Watch assessment of the U.S. shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic released Monday says that threats to sea turtles are among the nation's most critical conservation issues, and that shrimp nets – which become non-threatening when turtle excluder devices are used – remain, at least in Louisiana.

U.S. fishery species assessed by Seafood Watch are rated either green – Best Choice – or yellow (Good Alternative). Those which do not qualify are rated red, for "Avoid."

"Alone among Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic states, Louisiana prohibits enforcement of federal requirements to use turtle excluder devices," a report issued by the aquarium Monday states."

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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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