National Fisherman

Consumer Reports is a U.S. magazine best known for product reviews and brand comparisons, but most people don't regard the magazine as an authority when it comes to food safety and health.

Sadly, the latest article from the magazine purporting to offer sound advice to pregnant women regarding mercury in seafood does little to improve its reputation. The article repeats rhetoric from a website with suspect motives, ignores scientific data on mercury in seafood and cherry-picks U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data.

The U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI) was quick to retort, saying the article "flies in the face of more than a decade of independent, peer-reviewed, published science that resulted in the FDA updating its advice to pregnant women to eat more fish, including canned tuna, to realize the health benefits for baby and mother."

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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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