National Fisherman

Both U. S. senators from Massachusetts agree on the need to reform the federal Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, but Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey have adopted different strategies for arriving at that goal.

One thing seems clear: Neither Warren nor Markey appear ready to file a specific Saltonstall-Kennedy reform bill in the Senate's current session.

The Bay State senators offered alternative means for pursuing Saltonstall-Kennedy reform this week when directly asked whether they plan to file specific legislation to reform the federal act that dates to 1954 and was designed to fund research and improve the nation's fisheries and fishing industry.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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