National Fisherman

Last week, the photographer and commercial fisherman Corey Arnold posted photographs from Bristol Bay, in southwest Alaska, on the New Yorker photo department’s Instagram feed.

For five weeks every summer, Arnold and other fishermen congregate in the region as tens of millions of sockeye salmon arrive to spawn. This year, Arnold told me, was one of the largest returns the fishermen had seen in decades. “The fish come in so thick, it’s hard to justify sleeping when you can catch so much every hour that you’re out there,” he 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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