National Fisherman

Think about the coldest, worst day of the winter. The day when you bundle up, hurry to the car in the driveway, crank up the heat and take pictures of your in-dash thermometer to send to your friends up north as you drive to work.

Now think about the fact that, by the time you're sipping coffee at your desk, Stephen English and the vast majority of the local commercial fishermen have already been on the water fishing for close to two hours.
There are no off days in commercial fishing. Every day is a chance to make money and that means every day is a workday. Regardless of the weather, sea conditions or time of year.

English and about 35 others make up the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, the lone remaining fish house in the once thriving fishing village of Port Salerno. They are the sole source for fresh seafood coming from that area and it is a responsibility they take seriously.

Read the full story at Palm Beach Post>>

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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