National Fisherman

Alerted a crab boat was sinking quick in a Newfoundland icefield Sunday night, rescuers scrambled to the scene to find a group of five men calmly gathered on an ice pan, tending a fire.
“Only Newfoundlanders would take a bad situation and find a way to get comfortable,” said Maj. Martell Thompson, a spokesman for Halifax’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
On Sunday afternoon, the VLL Venture, a crab-fishing boat, sprung a leak after striking ice on the way back to its home port of La Scie, N.L., a town of 900 on the island’s northeastern coast.
The spring melt not only famously brings Arctic icebergs cruising into Newfoundland waters, it also leaves coastal areas clogged with ice floes. Dramatic photos from the rescue show the crew of the stricken vessel surrounded by ice cover stretching to the horizon.
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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.

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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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