National Fisherman

It's been a tough issue.
Oystermen say because Georgia is holding back the supply of fresh water to the Apalachicola River flowing into the bay, it's hurt their industry.
Florida has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia to get that water release.
Georgia has asked the U-S Supreme Court to 
toss out the suit.
"We thought we were making progress in our negotiations with with both Florida and Alabama and we'd like to resume that because we think we are very close to being able to reach an agreement without the necessity of a lawsuit," said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
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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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