National Fisherman

ESSEX — The town’s streets are currently lined with antique shops, a hallmark of the town’s economy now for decades.
But, at one time, Essex was alive with shipbuilding, with more than 4,000 vessels constructed here between the 1650s and today.
And that tradition has continued — kept alive through projects like the 2011 launch of the Schooner Ardelle, and through the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and its flagship vessel, the Lewis H. Story.
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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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