National Fisherman

Those engaged in commercial fishing in eastern Long Island Sound are asked to participate anonymously in a survey, the results of which will be factored into "the potential designation of a dredged material disposal site," the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.
The online survey, open through Dec. 25, is being conducted by Tetra Tech Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help "characterize fisheries and lobster habitat" for the EPA's "preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the potential designation of one or more dredged material disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound," the survey said.
Periodic dredging is considered essential to ensure safe navigation and facilitate marine commerce, environmental officials say. 
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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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