National Fisherman

Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations.
Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.
NOAA has not indicated how funding disbursements were determined.
But one of the six places NOAA is distributing money for declared disasters in 2012 and 2013, Alaska - removed by 4,600 miles from where Sandy made landfall in Brigantine, N.J. on Oct. 29, 2012 - will receive $21 million of the funds for issues with its salmon fisheries. States in New England directly impacted by Sandy - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - will receive the largest share, $33 million, for depleted fish stocks.
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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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