National Fisherman

"Ding Dong! The Witch is dead!"

Area fishermen — those few that are left, that is — must be dancing around like the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" after finding out that the hated Jane Lubchenco would finally be leaving as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Her four-year reign as chief administrator of the department that regulates commercial fishing was marked by scandal over law enforcement and by lawsuits over fishery management and ended with a national fishery disaster declaration by the U.S. Commerce Department in September.

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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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