National Fisherman

A monthlong series of forums seeking public opinion about the Maine lobster industry is drawing to a close.

The 16th and final forum organized by the Department of Marine Resources is taking place Thursday in York.

Throughout January, lobstermen and others with an interest in the state's signature seafood have packed into meetings held in coastal towns along the Maine coast.

Commissioner Patrick Keliher and DMR staff attended the meetings in search of ideas about the harvest, prices, marketing, Maine's relationship with Canada and the lobster licensing system.

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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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