National Fisherman

Beau Gillis landed a 219-pound halibut, fishing solo out of Freeport.

About three years ago, he caught a 240-pound halibut but had to use his hauler to get it aboard. This one he pulled aboard with his own strength.

When he saw the 83-inch fish lying on the deck of his little boat, it was the crowning moment of a great day on the water.

"Fishing is hard, sometimes brutally hard," he said two days later. "But this day there wasn't any work to it. The fish were coming and I was loving it."

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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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