National Fisherman

A 45-foot scalloping boat that had been expected to return from a day trip Saturday had yet to return Monday evening and the Coast Guard, which began searching for the boat Monday morning, had turned up no leads as to its whereabouts as of Monday night.

Foxy Lady II, captained by 25-year-old Wally Gray of Maine and crewed by an unidentified man, left from its home port in Gloucester Saturday morning.

The vessel, which was supposed to dock back in Gloucester later that same day, was last pegged about 15 miles north of Provincetown Saturday evening, when its vessel monitoring system (VMS) transmitter automatically sent out the boat's location, according to Coast Guard spokesman Jeff Hall.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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