National Fisherman

KENAI - Travis Every spent June and July standing at his family's setnet sites watching the sockeye salmon jump in their rush toward the Kenai River.

But instead of setting his nets in the water to catch a portion of the season's estimated 6.2 million sockeye run, Travis like many other East Side setnetters in the Cook Inlet remained beached, his nets drying in the sun.

"We didn't do anything else," Travis said. "You get up and even though you aren't fishing, you wake up at five in the morning, drive to the beach site, have coffee, watch all the fish jump, get pissed off, get on the phone and start calling people."

The 2012 fishing season was a disaster for setnetters, and the Every family found themselves taking a very public role in addressing the fallout.

Read the full story at Anchorage Daily News>>

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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