National Fisherman

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association has once again filed suit against the federal government over management of the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.

UCIDA and Cook Inlet Fishermen's Fund are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service over the decision to transfer control of the fishery from federal to state control, saying the move violates the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

While the state of Alaska has been responsible for setting escapement goals, making allocation decisions and managing the fishery in-season, in the past that was supposed to be done under the supervision of NMFS and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which was required to update a Fishery Management Plan every 10 years, although the last time the plan was updated was 1990. There have been occasional amendments for areas other than Cook Inlet since then.

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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.

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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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