National Fisherman

Commercial fishermen will be paying more to catch fewer fish in the future, after the N.C. Department of Marine Fisheries commission voted for a 100-percent increase in commercial fishing licenses and the elimination of a harvest season for river herring.
However, a vote to add further limitations to spotted seatrout harvests and requirements for reduced bycatch devices of shrimp trawlers did not go through.
The MFC voting took place Wednesday and Thursday during a business meeting at Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.
North Carolina’s commercial fishermen offered the proposal to increase six license fees: Standard Commercial Fishing License; Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License; License to Land or Sell; License for Fish Dealers; Recreational Commercial gear licenses; and Shellfish Licenses, according to the North Carolina Fisheries Association. 
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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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