National Fisherman

It's been a mix of good news and bad news for Maine's fishing industry this week.
Shrimp fishermen learned their entire season has been canceled because of dwindling shrimp stocks. Meanwhile, scallop fishermen are getting record prices for their catch in this first week of the season.
State regulators say scallop fishermen are bringing in $13 a pound for scallops caught in Cobscook Bay in Down East Maine.
Those high prices are helping to offset reduced catch limits designed to help rebuild the stock.
Read the full story at New England Cable News>>

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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