National Fisherman

POQUOSON — Sisters-in-law Jan Rollins and Sarah Powell looked out over the dock at the Poquoson Yacht Club with sad smiles.
Powell held on to her granddaughters Kayla Powell and Gracie Trice as they wiped away tears shed remembering their grandfather, uncles and other loved ones, all of whom were watermen that have died.
Several dozen people gathered Sunday at Messick Point — Poquoson Mayor Eugene Hunt called it the city's home port — for a memorial service to honor the men who have worked the waters surrounding the town.
"It was very moving," Powell said, "to look out where they worked every day."
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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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