National Fisherman

Sept. 1, 2012 started the new Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) bottom fishing year. The Annual Catch Target (ACT) for seven deep water species (Deep 7) was again set at 325,000 pounds.

This past fishing year was the first time the bottomfish fishery did not close since the quota-based management regime started in 2007.

The bottomfish landings at the end of the 2011-12 fishing year that ended on Aug. 31, 2012 represented about 70 percent (225,000 pounds) of the allocated ACT of 325,000 pounds.

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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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