National Fisherman

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry is asking that the most recent report of the investigation into the alleged unfair treatment of fishermen by the attorneys and officers who enforce the nation's fishery laws be released "immediately or, at the very least, no later than the end of this year."

"In light of a declared fishery disaster, we must do all that we can to assist our fishermen," Kerry wrote to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Wednesday. "It is more important now than ever that our government agencies work cooperatively and rationally with our fishermen to ensure the success of new management systems.

The perceived delay in releasing the report has resulted in further eroding of public trust in the agency."

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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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