National Fisherman

A new plan for managing Biscayne National Park waters north of the Florida Keys may create a new type of marine-protected area that limits recreational fishing and bans commercial fishing.
The proposal unveiled Friday by the National Park Service angered Upper Keys commercial fishermen as too extreme, and "disappointed" the National Parks Conservation Association as inadequate.
"It's crazy," said Ernie Piton, president of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association. "They're closing so many areas, where are people going to go? They'll be on top of each other."
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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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