National Fisherman

Researchers at N.C. State have found, contrary to previous understanding, black sea bass have high survival rates after experiencing the trauma of being brought to the ocean surface too rapidly. This finding has the potential to better inform federal stock assessments that ensure the population of black sea bass stays at a sustainable level.
“We started this research because there was a need for accurate estimates of how many fish die when they are released back into the water after they are caught by either recreational or commercial fishing,” said Jeff Buckel, professor of applied ecology and co-author of the study. 
According to Buckel, a stock assessment uses a variety of data to model a population of fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service does stock assessments of black sea bass to determine if any changes are needed, given the size and mortality rate of the fish population, or “stock,” Buckel said. 
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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