National Fisherman

Joining the growing list of organizations vocalizing opposition to a proposed statewide initiative that would ban setnetting in certain parts of the state, the Kenai City Council Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution cementing its opposition to the initiative.
At least 15 people sat in on the council meeting and several testified in support of the Cook Inlet’s setnet fishery — the largest group of setnetters in the state that would be affected were the proposed ballot initiative were to pass.
The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Salmon Alliance have all voiced opposition to the proposed initiative through media releases, resolutions and legal opinions sent to Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s office.
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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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