National Fisherman

It's been a horrible year for Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which plunged to less than half their overall population in the past year, and the state is set to decide Tuesday what to do about it.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is expected to vote in a public hearing at its offices in Newport News on whether to reopen the winter dredge season for blue crab, close it for the sixth year in a row to help the stock rebuild, or allow dredging with strict limits and oversight.
"If it is reopened, it will not be anything like what it used to look like," VMRC spokesman John Bull said Monday. "This plan would have tight controls."
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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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