National Fisherman

Four years ago this month, BP's (NYSE: BP [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The accident killed 11 people, injured 17 more and sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
For three months, engineers struggled to stop the leak. When they finally succeeded, millions of barrels of oil had poured into the Gulf.
Today basic questions about the spill -- how big it was, the damage it caused and who has to pay whom -- still remain.
Read the full story at Benzinga>>

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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