National Fisherman

It's not native to Connecticut, but it's certainly settled in nicely along the shoreline.

In fact, the Asian Shore Crab is on the move and spreading up and down the east coast.

The invasive species arrived in New Jersey in a ship's ballast water in the 80's, and by '94 it was in the Long Island Sound.

The crab, nicknamed "The Bully Of The Beach," is pushing out other species of crab.

Scientists at Clinton's Cedar Island Marina Research Lab are hoping to learn how to contain the Asian Shore's highly adaptable and is moving in on other habitats.

Read the full story at FOX CT>>

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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