National Fisherman

A short drive down Bayou Lafourche to Leeville or any of Terrebonne’s southern fingers and you’ll find plenty of evidence of the area’s fishing industry.
It might be the tall booms of shrimp boats, signs advertising live oysters or crab traps piled in beside a house.
What escapes view are the businesses devoted to processing and facilitating those industries. It’s not only about those dragging a net or dredging the oysters, there are also the peelers, pickers, dock workers and sales infrastructure.
The industry remains big here, though locals fear lasting impacts from the 2010Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board pegs the annual economic impact through jobs and income tax revenue at $2.4 billion.
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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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