National Fisherman

Every year since February of 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held one of its statewide meetings for Apalachicola, with commissioners each year raving about the fishing paradise found in Tallahassee’s backyard.

On Wednesday, they learned about the serious trouble that backyard is facing.

By appealing directly for FWC support, Franklin County’s beleaguered oyster industry, supported by environmental and recreational fishing interests, opened up a new front in their battle to secure more freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system into Apalachicola Bay.

“If we don’t get something done in the next one-and-a-half years, we’re not going to have a bay,” said Shannon Hartsfield, a fourth-generation oysterman who serves as president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association.

See the full story in the News Herald>>

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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