National Fisherman

After nearly a year of meetings and conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Ventura Port District learned this week it will receive $2.5 million to dredge the Ventura Harbor, officials announced Wednesday.

District and city officials launched a drive to secure the money after learning the federal budget for 2013 had no money for dredging — the first time dredging had been excluded since 1983.

Officials met with the corps in Los Angeles, Oakland and Washington, D.C., during the past 10 months. The Federal Reconciliation Authority eventually approved the $2.5 million.

Business activity at the harbor generated $246 million for the economy in 2011. Commercial fishing generated $46 million in revenue, while the National Park Service headquarters for Channel Islands National Park generated more than $24 million in visitor spending.

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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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