National Fisherman

PORT O'CONNOR - Commercial fishermen and women, oyster harvesters and shrimpers - people who make their living along the Gulf Coast - wanted answers Thursday night from government officials, but many walked away from a meeting disappointed, some even angry.

The residents packed the gymnasium bleachers at Port O'Connor Elementary School. They wanted to know about the oil that drifted south from a 168,000-gallon spill in the Houston Ship Channel. But officials had no professional translator to speak to about half of them in their native Spanish.

Even fishermen and women who speak English left the gym early, feeling as if their questions were unanswered.

Many began filing out the door before the meeting ended. One shouted "I'd rather be watching TV" as he walked out the door.

"All they care about is the wildlife, the birds. They don't care about the fishermen," Sandy Taylor, a commercial oysterwoman, 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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