National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Congress "needs to hit the reset button" on the Magnuson-Stevens Act that governs commercial fishing, Mayor Jon Mitchell said Tuesday at a press conference to introduce a state-funded report aimed at helping the local groundfish industry and the port of New Bedford.
Magnuson lies at the root of many problems, concluded the six authors led by economics professor emeritus Dan Georgianna of UMass Dartmouth and Rodney Avila, a longtime local boat owner and activist.
NOAA, the arm of Congress charged with implementing the law, tilts the playing field against fishermen by imposing "conservation for conservation's sake," said Kate Kramer, CEO of the city-based Center for Sustainable Fisheries.
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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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