National Fisherman

Dudley Biddlecomb has been an oyster farmer for so long, he doesn't remember when he started. Born on the Chesapeake Bay, oyster farming is in his blood. The Biddlecomb family has been in the oyster business for over one hundred years and say productivity is on the rise after a decades-long decline.

"I think the water quality has greatly improved over the years," Biddlecomb said. "People are more conscious of the run-off and pollution."

Biddlecomb and his nephew made the 150 mile trek from Reedville to speak with a class at the University of Virginia about the emerging field of aquaculture and his work to restore oysters to the Bay.

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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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