National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries takes its message to Seattle, Wash. in February to stoke discussion of changes in the way commercial fisheries are regulated.
The delegation will be led by Dr. Brian Rothschild, dean emeritus of the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology.
He will be joined by CSF chief operating officer Kate Kramer, who told The Standard-Times on Wednesday, "People on the West Coast have different ideas about the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization."
That's the law that governs fishing regulation, and especially in the Northeast, NOAA has been accused of diverging from the intent of Congress and short-changing many aspects of what Magnuson requires it to do. High among them are: to use the best science; and, determine and mitigate the economic effects of regulations on fishing communities and economies.
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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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