National Fisherman

An overnight search for the five fishermen that went missing in hurricane-force winds off the coast of Nova Scotia was unsuccessful, as extensive rescue efforts have produced no sign of the crew or their boat.

Capt. Doug Keirstead of the joint search team said high winds and rough waters are hampering rescue efforts.

"The weather conditions are still quite challenging," he told CTV's Canada AM on Monday. "When we originally received the emergency locator single from the vessel on Sunday evening, we were dealing with eight- to 10-metre seas, zero visibility and hurricane force winds. So we're still dealing with, over the night hours and into this morning, six-metre seas, which is still quite rough."

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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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