National Fisherman

The Lenten season has Louisiana folks clamoring for home-grown seafood.
Some supplies are a little tight right now, and prices may put a pinch on the wallet.
Harlon Pearce, with the Gulf Seafood Institute says our cold winter weather may make it hard to find fresh crabs and crawfish.
"Old Man Winter has been pretty rough on us this whole year," says Pearce. "So that reflects on some of the production we have on some of our better products."
He says the supply of oysters is a bit tight too, as the industry continues to recover from the BP Oil spill. But, he says the quality is excellent.
"The oysters we do have are really gorgeous. I mean they're really beautiful, they're fat."
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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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