National Fisherman

The U.S. Coast Guard and state police suspended an 80 square-mile search late last night for a fisherman after he'd been missing in 3-foot seas and water temperatures of 49 degrees for nearly 12 hours.

The search for the yet-unidentified crewman feared lost aboard the 42-commercial scallop vessel Twin Lights was called off at 10:42 p.m. The boat capsized about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after it became entangled in fishing gear and sank shortly afterward 2 miles north of Provincetown.

The crew aboard the lobster boat Glutton were able to save a second fisherman who was on deck. The other man was in the pilot house steering the Twin Lights when she rolled over, the Coast Guard said.

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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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