National Fisherman

A bill sponsored by a Sequim Democrat in the state House would allow counties to ban net pen aquaculture.

The one-page bill, filed Thursday by state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat, says: "Master programs may include provisions for siting or prohibiting the siting of marine aquaculture net pen facilities."

Steve Gray, Clallam County deputy director of the Department of Community Development, said that he was not familiar with the specifics of the bill, but said that some people in the county favor instituting a net pen ban.

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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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