National Fisherman

The five Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 BP-Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout will soon receive federal funds to help restore local environments.
Estimates peg that total to range from $1.5–$2 million per year for 10 or more years, as part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities, and Revived Economy Act of 2012, better known as the RESTORE Act.
RESTORE established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council that includes the five affected states’ governors and the secretaries of the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security. The council will ultimately oversee the distribution of funds as it receives and reviews project requests from communities all over the Gulf Coast.
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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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