National Fisherman

Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state’s aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state’s oyster industry.

The industry that dates to the founding of Jamestown in 1607 is enjoying it largest harvest since 1987 and hoping to propel Virginia’s briny bivalves into the global spotlight. The new trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors as well as restaurants, raw bars and the longstanding watermen culture on the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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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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