National Fisherman

Recent turmoil over Florida's gillnet ban likely will reach state fishery managers at a meeting this week in Weston in Broward County.
The agenda of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doesn't include gillnets, but Bill Kelly, chief executive of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association, said he plans to seek a meeting with FWC staff.
Florida's ban on large gillnets used to catch mullet and other species was approved by public referendum nearly two decades ago.
Earlier this month, a lawsuit filed by North Florida fishermen caused a Circuit Court judge in Tallahassee to lift rules imposed after the referendum.
Read the full story at Keys Net>>

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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