National Fisherman

A Tuesday deadline looms for commercial fishing professionals to file claims for financial losses from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

A special Seafood Compensation Program created under the BP settlement was approved by a federal administrator, with a Jan. 22 deadline for filing claims.

The $2.3 billion set-aside for the fund covers seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and crew.

"If people feel like they have a valid claim, we encourage them to sit down with a professional to do it," said Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association.

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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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