National Fisherman

BP has created a ticker for its State of The Gulf website entitled “Fraud Tally for Gulf Oil Spill Claims.” This ticker is visible on the home page of the website, which I believe was created by its aggressive and defensive PR machine to skirt paying the people of the Gulf for their grievances related to the 2010 disaster.
I have reviewed the data and am shocked at the lack of candor by BP. For BP to suggest that there are 132 reported fraud cases and 119 criminal convictions without making it perfectly clear that at least 90%, maybe even 100%, of these reported fraud cases and criminal prosecutions result from payments by the BP-operated Gulf Coast Claims Center, is unbelievable.
It mixes this fraud tally in with all of its complaints about the Deepwater Horizon Claims Settlement Office. The implication, by not disclosing that these were mostly fraud claims for payments made under the Gulf Coast Claims Center, which was operated by Mr. Feinberg under BP’s supervision, (the court found that BP was directly involved with the GCCF), is just an attempt to confuse and mislead.
Read the full story at the Legal Examiner>>

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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