National Fisherman

The governmental and financial package hailed Friday as giving Gloucester's Cape Pond Ice a new lease on life is not only a welcome and deserved lift for a business that's had to deal with the real-world effects of over-regulation on several fronts.

It also stands as a reminder of how government — especially private-public partnerships — can actually work when all sides commit to achieving a result that's not only desired, but in this case, absolutely necessary for a community and its economy. It was just last summer that Cape Pond Ice President Scott Memhard called out for help — and understandably so.

First, his core business — supplying ice for Gloucester's and Cape Ann's commercial and recreational fishing boats, has taken several hits just through the federal government's tight catch limits that have driven fishermen off the water and thereby cut sharply into the ice demand.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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