National Fisherman

FIVE ISLANDS, Maine - Up north, it's too warm.

A rise in ocean temperatures is killing off the iconic livelihood of New England fishermen. Two years ago, they hauled 14 million pounds of shrimp, but this year they'll only catch a tenth of that.

Off the rocky coastline of Five Islands, Maine, Ronald Pinkham has been up before dawn, setting traps for nearly 60 years. He said the catch today is terrible.

A third-generation fisherman, he's caught lobster in spring, summer and fall and shrimp each winter when lobsters move offshore. But, that annual rhythm is changing.

Read the full story at CBS News>>

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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