National Fisherman

New York State has certified East End waters as safe for the consumption of local shellfish, and shellfish harvesting will again be allowed in most East End waters starting on Friday.

The new certification applies to enclosed harbors, creeks and coves off Peconic, Shinnecock and Gardiners Bay in Southampton Town and East Hampton Town.

The lifting of the restriction means that the annual bay scallop harvest will finally be able to get underway in earnest, more than two weeks after harvesting should have started in Southampton Town and four days late in East Hampton Town.

The state closed shellfishing in almost all coastal bays on the Long Island following Hurricane Sandy because of fears about dangerously elevated bacteria levels caused by flooded septic systems and sewage treatment plants that may have malfunctioned because of high water levels from Sandy's storm surge.

Read the full story at the Southampton Press>>

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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