National Fisherman

The documentary film "Dirty Energy" opens like one of British Petroleum's TV commercials, touting the cleaned-up beaches and bountiful harvests of plump pink shrimp of the Gulf of Mexico. A white crane stands as elegantly as a question mark in crystalline Gulf waters as the hypnotic sound of rushing water engulfs you.

The camera pans over the eddying, undulating sea. You want to go there. You want to be there — until the screen fills with a psychedelically gross oil slick; a thick viscous mat of black, brown and orange crude oil, lapping up against the edge of a Louisiana bayou.

In "Dirty Energy," director Bryan Hopkins of Wyandotte peers into the human cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which began in April 2010 and continues to this day despite BP's commercials to the contrary.

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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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