National Fisherman

Delawareans know all too well what happens when non-native species take hold.
Consider the invasions of brown marmorated stink bugs; Asian lady beetles or an oldie but biggie: the giant marsh reed Phragmites australis. They pretty much take over home, yard and marsh.
So it's no wonder that scientists thought the worst when the Asian shore crab – a penny-sized creature with distinctively striped legs – showed up on the rocks at Townsends Inlet near Cape May, N.J., in 1988.
But it turns out, at least in the limited, rocky habitat along the Delaware and Maryland coast, these shore crabs – which were once so abundant here – haven't outpaced the natives, after all. In fact, what Charles Epifanio, the University of Delaware Harrington Professor of Marine Science, and a graduate researcher found was that the tables turned on the populations of the native versus the non-native crabs in the decade after shore crabs dramatically outnumbered native mud crabs.
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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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