National Fisherman

ANNAPOLIS — In a March 26 floor debate over Senate Bill 929, state Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. took on colleagues from Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties, according to a news release.
The bill gives commercial fishing and seafood operators the same kind of nuisance lawsuit exemption farmers and agricultural businesses have.
Hershey, R-36-Upper Shore, reportedly defended the rights of commercial watermen.
“Our commercial seafood operations need the same protections as our farms. If a local business abides by proper zoning and adheres to health department guidelines, they shouldn’t be hassled with nuisance claims,” Hershey said.
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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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