National Fisherman

JACKSON – No two industries were more affected by the explosion in 2010 of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig than restaurant/hospitality and commercial fishing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The oil spill that spewed hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico kept tourists away and left Gulf Coast-caught seafood with a black eye among consumers.

However, a new promotional effort has been launched to assist those industries' recovery, and it is being funded by BP, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon.

Inspired by the success of the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail, Mike Cashion, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association, has unveiled the new Seafood Trails Program, a tourism-promotion initiative that spotlights restaurants that offer Gulf Coast-caught seafood.

Read the full story at Hattiesburg American>>

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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