National Fisherman

There are many things to which the old adage “Be careful what you wish for...” applies and American television coverage is usually one of them.
But after the venerated television newsmagazine show 60 Minutes turned its cameras on the salmon farming industry on the coast of British Columbia and on the Campbell River area particularly, the conclusion has to be...okay. The report which aired on the CBS network Sunday was generally a balanced overview of the industry and it’s impact on wild salmon. British Columbians and, certainly, Campbell Riverites would have seen nothing new or groundbreaking in the report. The “usual suspects” were trotted out to give the debate a face: the controversial Alexandra Morton and the articulate Ian Roberts. Both personalities put forward their positions clearly.
Read the full story at the Campbell River Mirror>>

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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