National Fisherman

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Coast Guard rescued three people off the coast of Pascagoula late Sunday night. The call came in at 10:40 p.m.

Officials say a 74-foot shrimping vessel collided with a 130-foot offshore supply vessel, the Gloria May. Three people were on board the shrimping vessel, and were able to get into a life raft. They were then picked up by the Gloria May.

The accident happened about 18 miles south of Pascagoula.

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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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