National Fisherman

Charlie Baker, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for governor, recently waded into the debate over lobster fishing regulations, opposing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new rules for the industry while criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for refusing to weigh in on the topic.

In the statement, Baker's campaign targeted Coakley, the leading Democrat in the polls, for declining to comment on the NOAA plan. The statement included a link to a Patriot Ledger story in which a spokeswoman for the attorney general said Coakley's office was aware of the concerns of the fishermen but was not commenting on the plan.

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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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