National Fisherman

With the lack of congressional action threatening to void the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, all 42 agencies that originally signed the pact have agreed to a two-year extension.

The agreement would have ended Monday without all the agencies — irrigation districts, Indian tribes, fishermen, conservation groups and government officials — signing the extension.

Congress needed to pass legislation that would implement certain parts of the agreement — such as salmon restoration programs and water-use agreements — that would ensure water for farmers as well as Klamath River flows to benefit endangered salmon.

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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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