National Fisherman

One would think that this would be a time of celebration for the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford.

After all, it is about to see a $45 million expansion, and the new UMass chancellor, Dr. Divina Grossman, sang its praises during her job interviews. SMAST, she said, is on the verge of greatness, of world-class status.

But there's a problem brewing, and many in the fishing industry are seriously worried about it. The reality of the campus budget makes it imperative that UMass Dartmouth find new sources of income, from grants and contracts.

Read the full story at Standard-Times>>

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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