National Fisherman

The tide has fallen for the last time for oyster magnate and seafood expert Mike Voisin, who died Saturday morning after fighting for slightly more than a week to recover from a massive heart condition.

Voisin, 59, a Houma resident and owner of Motivatit Seafoods, died at 10:38 a.m. at Terrebonne General Medical Center.

The news spread rapidly Saturday morning, from Baton Rouge, where Voisin was a perennial authority during legislative sessions, to Capitol Hill, where he was supposed to be this week to host an event to promote Louisiana oysters during Washington's Mardi Gras festivities.

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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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