National Fisherman

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries.

The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach's St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially licensed crabbers and oystermen comment on spending.

The money is compensation for a pulse of fresh water released into the Mississippi Sound when Louisiana's Bonnet Carre (BON'-ee CAYR'-ee) Spillway opened in 2011 to relieve Mississippi River flooding.

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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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